East Liberty man arrested in East End chase, crash

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An East Liberty man led Pittsburgh police on a 70 mph chase through parts of the East End early this morning, according to court documents.

Scott Donofrio, 24, is awaiting arraignment on 11 criminal counts, including driving under the influence, fleeing police, reckless driving and leaving the scene of a crash.

Pittsburgh police said they spotted Mr. Donofrio driving a black Chevrolet Cavalier that left the scene of a fight near the intersection of Lincoln and Frankstown avenues in Larimer about 3:30 a.m.

A detective followed the car as it sped about 70 mph through a 25 mph zone in Lincoln-Lemington, according to a criminal complaint. The car stopped after it crashed into two other cars in the 1600 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Mr. Donofrio, who at one point held a black-and-silver pistol, led police on a chase in and out of a wooded area until they arrested him about 4 a.m., according to the complaint. Police said the passengers inside his car ran the opposite direction and disappeared behind some houses.

Police wrote that Mr. Donofrio had "bloodshot, glassy eyes and slurred speech" when they spoke to him after his arrest. Asked if he was injured from the crashes, Mr. Donofrio said, "No...I'm just good, I'm just a little drunk," according to the complaint. Police said he registered a 0.086 on a breath test, 0.006 above the legal limit for driving in Pennsylvania.


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