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Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, 4:01 a.m.
 

During a police chase last week, Edwin Wylie-Biggs, 32, of Clairton jumped 75 to 100 feet from the Senator Edward P. Zemprelli Bridge linking Glassport and Clairton.

This week, he fled from UPMC Presbyterian hospital, where he was recovering, and spent two days on the lam.

Wylie-Biggs was taken into custody again at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday when Duquesne police officer Fred Hill saw him riding in the passenger seat of a sedan in the Parkview Manor Hilltop apartment complex.

Police Chief Richard Adams said Hill, who was involved in the chase on Jan. 14 that landed Wylie-Biggs in the hospital, recognized the suspect's face.

Last week's chase started at about 2:30 a.m. when police stopped a Jeep Cherokee Wylie-Biggs was driving along Commonwealth Avenue in Duquesne. Police said Wylie-Biggs complied with the traffic stop, but fled when asked to show identification.

He is alleged to have stopped once during the chase to let a female passenger out of the vehicle at Commonwealth Avenue and Hoffman Boulevard before continuing his escape through West Mifflin, Duquesne, Dravosburg, McKeesport and Glassport.

Wylie-Biggs crashed the jeep on the bridge, then jumped off. He was hospitalized at UPMC Mercy. Adams said his department was notified Monday by hospital security that Wylie-Biggs fled in a Cadillac Escalade at about 1:30 p.m.

Adams said Wylie-Biggs had both wrists in casts and was wearing a catheter bag when he was arrested Wednesday.

Last weeek, police recovered two bricks of heroin, each containing 50 single packets, from Wylie-Biggs' vehicle. He also had $574 in cash.

He was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, aggravated assault, possession with intent to deliver, false identification, recklessly endangering another person, driving under suspension, two counts DUI and other motor vehicle violations.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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