String of felony charges for Carrick man who led Pittsburgh police on chase

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A Carrick man has been charged with a string of felonies after Pittsburgh police said he led officers on a chase early today that ended when one officer crashed his cruiser into the man's car.

Police said they struggled to arrest Paul Anthony Parrish, 35, as he fought against officers trying to cuff him.

Police from the city's Zone 1 station said they pursued him after watching him speed through a red light at Perrysville Avenue and North Charles Street, near where officers had gone in response to reports of shots fired.

As an officer approached him, Mr. Parrish turned off his lights and drove down North Charles, leading officers to believe he was somehow involved in the gunfire, according to a criminal complaint.

The officer continued to follow him, noting in the complaint that Mr. Parrish nearly struck a sergeant's cruiser head-on. He blew through a number of stop signs and, at one point, forced a state constable off the road, according to the complaint.

Officers chased the vehicle onto Route 65, watching as he cut in and out of traffic, according to the complaint.

Police finally stopped the car on Brighton Heights Boulevard, where Mr. Parrish tried to make a U-turn and abruptly stopped, causing the officer to run into the back of his car, according to the complaint.

Mr. Parrish refused officers' orders to stop moving and tried to jump out of the car, police said, prompting an officer to hit him over the head with his gun.

Officers wrote that they found a pair of shell casings in his car along with 17 "bundles" of marijuana.

Mr. Parrish was arraigned this morning on charges including drug possession with intent to deliver, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and fleeing or eluding police.

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Sadie Gurman: or 412-263-1878.


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