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Man wanted after police chase through five communities

| Saturday, June 29, 2013, 2:59 p.m.

A Pittsburgh man trying to avoid a DUI checkpoint on Friday night on Route 28 led state police on a chase through several Alle-Kiski Valley communities, including Tarentum, Arnold and New Kensington.

Police are still looking for Todd A. Brown Sr., 45, whom they say escaped into a wooded area in Plum after police disabled his vehicle.

According to state police, Brown approached the checkpoint set up on Route 28 northbound near the Creighton-Russellton exit in East Deer about 11 p.m. But instead of stopping, he backed up the shoulder of the off-ramp and fled from police on Route 28, said state police Cpl. Chris Robbins, who was overseeing the checkpoint.

Brown exited at Tarentum, traveled onto the First Avenue exit on the Tarentum Bridge and made a large circle through the borough, going back to the bridge.

Brown crossed the bridge and made a right at the Sunoco gas station onto Caldwell Avenue. He traveled into Arnold, where he circled back and ended up on Constitution Boulevard near Sheetz.

He drove through the Parnassus section of New Kensington onto Logans Ferry Road.

He struck several parked vehicles during the chase, police said. They did not provide information as to the victims or where the vehicles were struck.

State Trooper Roger Kaufman was able to run Brown's vehicle off the roadway by bumping it from behind, Robbins said.

Brown, whom police said wasn't wearing shoes, ran from the vehicle and into the woods near the former Veltri's Restaurant on Coxcomb Hill Road in Plum, Robbins said.

The Murrysville Police K-9 Unit aided state police in the search. They searched for about an hour but couldn't locate Brown, Robbins said.

Brown is described as a black male, 6 feet tall and weighting about 240 pounds.

He faces charges of fleeing from police and hit and run.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or jweigand@tribweb.com.

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