Penn Hills man found guilty on heroin-related charges
A Penn Hills man faces five to 10 years in jail for his conviction on heroin-related and other charges stemming from an April 26, 2012, chase through the streets of Duquesne.
Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams III found Derrick Brown, 31, guilty on Wednesday on a felony count of possession of heroin with intent to deliver, as well as 11 misdemeanor and summary charges.
Williams sentenced Brown to another 10 years on probation after his release. Brown was fined $200 for a summary driving offense.
As Duquesne police Chief Richard Adams recalled on Thursday, Brown's problems began when “police Officer Fred Hill was on routine patrol and saw this car with tinted windows driving over the yellow line into the opposing lane of traffic” on Route 837.
Later, “he drove through a few stop signs on Hamilton Avenue and Third Street,” Adams said. “Hill checked his identification and found he was wanted in Whitaker on a gun violation charge.”
During the pursuit, Brown tried to get rid of two plastic bags, each later found to contain 150 stamp bags of “Blue Magic” heroin, Adams said. Brown was arrested after a foot chase. Adams said Brown was belligerent even after Hill used a Taser.
Hill later found one bag while McKeesport police Officer Ross Weimer and his K-9 partner Yaro found the other. Hill and Weimer both testified at Brown's trial.
Williams also found Brown guilty but did not impose a sentence for misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, terroristic threats and resisting arrest, as well as summary counts of driving with a revoked or suspended license, reckless driving, disobeying traffic control devices, disregarding traffic lines, failing to observe duties at stop signs, turning signal violations, careless driving and having an obstructed window.
He was found not guilty of two counts of driving under the influence and a count of tampering with evidence was withdrawn.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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