Police chased a theft suspect who they said also nearly struck an officer from the south suburbs into Pittsburgh early this morning, arresting him after finding him hiding in a garden in Uptown.
Authorities charged Dameian Williams, 42, of Jeannette, with aggravated assault, attempted theft from a vehicle, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, recklessly endangering another person, possessing instruments of crime, prowling and several traffic violations.
An Upper St. Clair resident called police at 3:25 a.m. to report that his car alarm was going off at the Tall Trees housing development off Morrow Road, township police Chief Douglas Burkholder said.
Officers patrolling nearby responded, saw a man running through a backyard and called Mt. Lebanon police for a dog. Police said the man then got into a vehicle and started to leave the development as an officer tried to wave him down.
"He almost hit the officer and then fled from the area," the chief said.
The pursuit led officers northbound on Route 19 through Mt. Lebanon, but the man turned onto a side street, and police lost him, according to a township police criminal complaint.
Pittsburgh police heard a broadcast of a description of the vehicle and chased it until Williams got out. They found him hiding in a garden near Boulevard of the Allies in Uptown, township police wrote in the complaint.
Police received reports of several vehicle break-ins Wednesday night in other areas of the township and were patrolling near the development early this morning. The chief said they're not sure there's any connection between those reports and the chase.
Williams is in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond, according to online court records. A search of his criminal history shows he's pleaded guilty to numerous charges in several cases, including assault and burglary.
Molly Born: email@example.com or 412-263-1944. Twitter: @borntolede. First Published October 31, 2013 9:18 AM