Verona man charged in chase waives preliminary hearing

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A Verona man who police said drove a stolen car and led them on a chase through Homewood and Lincoln-Lemington Nov. 4 waived his preliminary hearing today.

Keenan Tolliver, 20, faces a arraignment Jan. 15 for charges that he attempted to elude police and resisted arrest, as well as drug possession and gun violations.

He is being held at the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Mr. Tolliver sped through Homewood earlier this month in a silver Cadillac CTS, police wrote in a criminal complaint. At one point, Mr. Tolliver opened the door, dropped a pistol onto the ground, picked up the gun and drove away, Pittsburgh police Sgt. Arthur Baker wrote.

Near Gopher Street, Mr. Tolliver smashed the car into a brick wall and fled on foot. He then 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 was able to run into a wooded area, 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.

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


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