Pittsburgh police arrest Verona man after chase

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A Verona man driving a stolen car was arrested early Monday morning after Pittsburgh police said he led them on a chase through Homewood and Lincoln-Lemington.

Keenan Tolliver, 20, was arraigned Monday morning on numerous charges, including gun violations, drug possession charges and charges he attempted to elude police and resisted arrest.

Pittsburgh police Sgt. Arthur Baker wrote in an affidavit of probable cause that he was driving along Brushton Avenue in Homewood Monday morning when he saw someone speeding in a silver Cadillac CTS.

He followed the car as it turned numerous times, eventually heading through a wooded area, the sergeant wrote. The driver, whom police identified later as Mr. Tolliver, opened the door, dropped a pistol onto the ground, picked up the gun and drove away again, Sgt. Baker wrote.

The sergeant continued to follow the vehicle while he waited for help from other officers and Mr. Tolliver lost control of the car, smashing into a brick wall on the side of an alley near Gopher Street, according to the affidavit.

Mr. Tolliver jumped a fence and fell on the ground, police said. Sgt. Baker wrote that the fence prevented him from getting to Mr. Tolliver so he shocked Mr. Tolliver with his Taser and allowed it to run its cycle four or five times until Sgt. Charles Henderson and another officer arrived to provide backup.

Mr. Tolliver ran back into the woods, where Sgt. Henderson and Officer Matthew Schutz arrested him after he resisted, Sgt. Baker wrote.

Officers took Mr. Tolliver to UPMC Presbyterian for an evaluation. He was taken from there to the Allegheny County Jail, where he was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Police said they found a loaded .45-caliber pistol in the car Mr. Tolliver was driving, which had been reported stolen from a location on Paulson Avenue Oct. 23. They also said they found a baggie containing crack cocaine in a jacket Mr. Tolliver dropped during the chase.

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette,com or 412-263-1438. Twitter: @LizNavratil. First Published November 4, 2013 3:25 PM

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