A Troy Hill man is facing an attempted homicide charge after police said he nearly ran over an officer following high-speed chase.
According to an affidavit filed by Pittsburgh police, Melvin Taylor Solomon, 41, was seen traveling at about 2 a.m. at high speeds near the intersection of Penn and South Braddock avenues in Point Breeze.
When officers attempted to stop Mr. Solomon, he lead them on a chase through Homewood, Wilkinsburg, Penn Hills, Oakmont and Verona, reaching speeds of up to 80 mph. When police cornered Mr. Solomon on a dead-end street in Verona, he drove the vehicle in reverse, almost hitting an officer, police said. As officers fired at the vehicle, Mr. Solomon lost control and crashed into a minivan. He escaped police by fleeing the vehicle on foot.
Mr. Solomon was arrested at his girlfriend's apartment in Penn Hills. He told officers he fled in his car because he knew there was a warrant for his arrest for a probation violation.
Mr. Solomon faces one count of attempted homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, one count of fleeing police and charges for driving without a license and driving at unsafe speeds.