13-year-old boy driving SUV crashes on Rankin Bridge after police chase

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A 13-year-old boy being chased by police crashed the SUV he was driving on the Rankin Bridge early this morning, East Pittsburgh police said.

East Pittsburgh police Chief Lori Payne said one of her officers saw an SUV driving the wrong way down Bessemer Avenue about 1 a.m. and tried to pull the driver over.

The SUV, reported stolen today, turned onto South Main Street then sped off, driving partially on the embankment, Chief Payne said. KDKA-TV reported that speeds were near 100 miles per hour, but Chief Payne said she could not confirm that detail.

The boy drove onto Braddock Avenue, then turned onto the Rankin Bridge, where he lost control, hit the sidewalk railing and flipped the SUV before it stopped between a railing and a telephone pole.

Chief Payne said her officers had chased the boy about three miles but backed off just before the crash because they knew that turn was coming.

The SUV caught fire and a North Braddock police officer put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, Chief Payne said.

As a precaution, the boy was taken to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Chief Payne said.

"He appeared not to really have any injuries," she said.

His mother told police the boy was on house arrest, but Chief Payne said that hasn't been confirmed. She did say the boy will likely be charged.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede.


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