Pittsburgh police on Thursday arrested a Sheraden man who they said stole a car and fled from police in the Hill District, eventually hitting several other vehicles.
The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. when officers saw a dark blue Chevy Malibu on Bedford Avenue near Somers Drive, checked the license plate and discovered it had been stolen.
When the officers turned on their lights and siren, the driver fled. The officers briefly pursued but the chase was called off for safety reasons.
Other officers spotted the Malibu on Devilliers Street, Centre Avenue, Dinwiddie Street, Fifth Avenue, Miltenberger Street, Watson Street (traveling in the wrong direction) and Forbes Avenue.
The vehicle struck a white Cadillac at Forbes Avenue and Ross Street and a gray Nissan Altima near Ross and Second Avenue, ricocheting into a red Volkswagen Passat. The crash caused the Passat to strike another car.
The 17-year-old driver, whose name was not released, ran away but was caught at Fort Pitt Boulevard and Cherry Way. He was taken to UPMC Mercy where he was treated for three Taser punctures and a cut over his right eye. He was in Shuman Juvenile Detention Center facing charges that include receiving stolen property, fleeing a police officer, four counts of causing accidents involving damage to attended vehicles or property, resisting arrest and unlawful restraint.
A 20-year-old female who was in the car was uninjured and was not charged.
Jon Schmitz: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1868. Twitter: @pgtraffic.