A man was flown to the hospital and his passenger also was injured this morning after a chase that began with stolen shoes in Homestead and ended with a crash in Duquesne.
Police were dispatched shorty after 10:30 a.m. for a shoplifting report at DSW, a shoe store at the Waterfront.
Whitaker police Officer Shannon Wintruba started the pursuit near the Rankin Bridge when she heard the transmission that included a description of the vehicle the suspect left in. She said the car was going between 50 and 60 miles per hour, then weaving in and out of traffic after the chase began.
She said she backed off near the bridge coming into Duquesne.
The men, thought to be in their 20s, were driving southbound when the car crashed into a pole along Duquesne Boulevard, police said.
The driver was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian. The passenger was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Both men have been released.
Whitaker police said they will charge the driver, Maurice Middlebrook, 25, with reckless driving, careless driving, driving under suspension, unauthorized use of a vehicle, fleeing and eluding an officer and recklessly endangering another person.
Firefighters used rescue equipment to extricate the pair from the car, Duquesne fire Deputy Chief Frank Cobb said.
It was not immediately clear if both, or just one, of the men is accused in the theft.
Homestead police, who patrol the Waterfront, did not immediately return a message.
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