Police arrest North Side man on charges he tried to disarm officer

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A North Side man was arraigned this afternoon on charges he attempted to disarm a Pittsburgh police officer and then hit him with a car.

Frizel Cager, 27, is being held in the Allegheny County Jail.

Detectives from the city's Zone 1 station on the North Side were patrolling in Perry North at about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday when they saw the driver of a dark blue Jeep make a right turn from Perrysville Avenue onto Portman Avenue without using a turn signal.

Police pulled over the driver, now identified as Mr. Cager, and asked for identification. Instead of getting out of his car when officers asked, he put his right hand on the gear shift and began reaching into his front pocket with his left hand, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said in a news release.

An officer pulled out his gun and ordered Mr. Cager out of the car but Mr. Cager instead grabbed the muzzle of the gun and pulled the officer toward him, Ms. Richard said. She said Mr. Cager sped off and hit the officer while driving away.

The officer was not injured.

Police said they found the car overturned nearby and arrested Mr. Cager. They said they found two guns and numerous rounds of ammunition, heroin, an ink pad and plastic sandwich bags on Mr. Cager or in the car.

Mr. Cager, who police said was wanted on a bench warrant, faces charges of attempting to disarm an officer, receiving stolen property (one of the guns), drug charges, driving and gun violations and other crimes.

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