More charges filed in Route 28 chase
Prosecutors on Wednesday added new charges against a Pittsburgh man accused of leading state police on a high-speed chase through several Alle-Kiski Valley communities late last month.
Todd A. Brown Sr., 45, of the Lincoln-Lemington section of Pittsburgh, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
The new charges include 20 counts of reckless driving and 10 counts of recklessly endangering another person.
Brown is accused of fleeing from a DUI check point on Route 28 at the Creighton-Russellton exit (Exit 13) in East Deer on June 28.
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, sped around the borough, crossed the bridge, then traveled through New Kensington and Arnold.
He eventually ended up in Plum, where a state police trooper was able to strategically disable Brown's vehicle on Kerr Road near Logans Ferry Road.
Officers clocked him traveling 90 mph on Freeport Road in New Kensington, where the speed limit is 25 mph, and 100 mph on Constitution Boulevard. Police said that at one point, Brown was driving 105 mph in a Windstar minivan.
Brown also allegedly tried to ram a state police car that tried to block his path in Arnold.
Police later found that Brown was driving on a license that had been suspended as a result of a drunken-driving conviction.
Brown also faces charges of fleeing from police, aggravated assault, driving with a suspended license and multiple traffic violations.
District Judge Carolyn Bengel agreed to Brown's attorney's request to change Brown's $50,000 bail from straight cash to unsecured. He was being held in the Allegheny County Jail.
Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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