Man acquitted of most serious charges in '09 chase

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A Bridgeville man with a history of leading police on wild chases was acquitted Wednesday of the most serious charges stemming from a chase in 2009 in which he fled police in a box truck for 16 miles until he crashed in Millvale.

A jury acquitted Nino Petrocelli, 49, on charges of aggravated assault and felony fleeing and eluding. They found him guilty on a host of related misdemeanor counts, including reckless driving, failure to keep on the right side of the road, driving without a license and driving under suspension.

The chase began late Sept. 2 when police tried to pull over Mr. Petrocelli's truck in Fineview because it didn't have a license plate, according to court files.

He fled, striking parked cars in the area, then led police on a 16-mile pursuit into the West End, onto Route 65 and then onto Route 28. He finally wrecked into several cars on Lincoln Avenue in Millvale.

He remains in jail pending sentencing but will serve prison time because the offense violated his probation from a prior chase that made headlines in 2002.

The jury in this week's case was not allowed to hear about those prior chases.


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