Man charged with heroin posession after high-speed chase on Pittsburgh's North Side

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A high-speed police chase Wednesday led to the arrest of a man from whom police seized thousands of dollars worth of heroin.

Around 5:45 p.m., detectives were patrolling in the North Side when they noticed a Nissan Altima traveling in the wrong direction on one-way Sheffield Street in Manchester, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said. A car chase ended on Hazlett Street in Northview Heights.

Blocked there by concrete barriers, police observed Victor Pinkston, 33, of Penn Hills attempt to retrieve or hide a weapon and then flee on foot while holding an unknown object, Ms. Richard said.

Police pursued the man and took him into custody. Pinkston injured his face, as he fell, while placing his hands under his body to resist arrest. "Due to large, hostile crowds gathering," Ms. Richard said, he was immediately transported to Allegheny General Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Before the arrest, police had recovered 35 bricks of heroin -- or 1,700 bags with an estimated street value of $17,500 -- $1,088 and two cell phones, Ms. Richard said. The Altima had been reported stolen by Budget Car Rental, she said.

Pinkston was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin; heroin possession; fleeing from an officer; and receiving stolen property, in addition to other charges.

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Lexi Belculfine: or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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