Police say driver tried to run down an officer

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Police in Baldwin Borough are searching for a man they said tried to run down an officer early this morning in an SUV and then led them on a chase before bailing out near the Glenwood Bridge and running away.

Police Chief Michael Scott said his department has a warrant for Lafon Ellis, 18, on charges of fleeing police and related offenses. Mr. Ellis was already wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on an aggravated assault charge.

The incident began about 2:50 a.m. today after Baldwin officers pulled over a car on Glass Run Road and noticed a vehicle accelerating up the hill toward them with its high beams on.

The officers didn't give chase because they were busy with the other driver, but a short time later the SUV returned. One of the officers shined his light at the driver and yelled for him to stop, but Chief Scott said the motorist swerved at the officer, forcing him to jump clear.

The Baldwin officers then gave chase and pulled over the SUV on Glass Run. The driver said, "What's up?" before taking off, Chief Scott, leading to a second chase that ended near the Glenwood Bridge, where Mr. Ellis ran into a wooded area and got away.

Chief Scott said Pittsburgh police apparently had contact with Mr. Ellis a short time earlier and he may also have been involved in a chase on Monday in Avalon.

Mr. Ellis, who is originally from the Hill District, has been in trouble with police since at least age 14, when city officers said he and 17-year-old Robert Broadie robbed a group of high school students in a parking garage following a Duquesne University basketball game. When a third victim tried to run during the robbery, police said Mr. Ellis fired a shot at him but missed.

Mr. Ellis served time in juvenile detention following that incident.

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Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1510.


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