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Friday, July 5, 2013, 7:03 p.m.
 

A Pittsburgh man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase through several Alle-Kiski Valley communities is in the Allegheny County Jail.

Todd A. Brown Sr., 45, of the Lincoln-Lemington section of Pittsburgh was jailed on Wednesday.

Police had been looking for him since June 28 when authorities say he fled from a DUI checkpoint on Route 28 at the Creighton-Russellton exit in East Deer.

State police could not confirm whether Brown turned himself in or was apprehended.

Police said that at one point in the chase, Brown was driving 105 mph in a gold-colored Windstar minivan. He's accused of leading state police on a chase that started in Tarentum, continued through Lower Burrell, Arnold and New Kensington and ended in Plum.

Authorities said that about 11 p.m. June 28, Brown approached the DUI checkpoint set up on Route 28 near the Creighton exit. Instead of stopping, police said, Brown backed up on the shoulder of the off-ramp and fled from police, traveling north on Route 28.

He exited at Tarentum and proceeded onto First Avenue. Police said he ran nearly every stop sign he encountered as he circled through the borough and back to the bridge. He didn't stop at a red light at East Sixth Avenue and Route 366 as he made his way onto the Tarentum Bridge and turned toward New Kensington, according to police.

Once Brown turned onto Freeport Road in Lower Burrell, officers say they clocked him traveling 90 mph. The speed limit on the residential street is 25 mph.

Brown drove into Arnold, where police say he tried to ram a state trooper's vehicle on Taylor Avenue. He lost control of his minivan and struck three parked vehicles on Taylor Avenue.

He then ended up on Constitution Boulevard near Sheetz and drove through the Parnassus section of New Kensington onto Logans Ferry Road. At one point, police, say he was traveling at 105 mph on street.

When Brown turned left onto Kerr Road — after passing another vehicle on a blind turn — a state police car struck his van from behind and forced it into a grassy area.

Brown ran into a nearby wooded area, where police were unable to find him.

Police later found that Brown was driving on a license that had been suspended as a result of a DUI conviction.

He was arraigned on Wednesday on charges of fleeing from police, aggravated assault, driving with a suspended license and 13 traffic violations. He was being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

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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