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Monroeville detective evaluated for injuries in failed arrest

| Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7:39 p.m.

A Monroeville police detective was evaluated for possible injuries Friday after he tried to arrest a suspected drug dealer in the Monroeville Mall parking lot.

The unidentified detective was “spun to the ground” as he tried to stop a man from driving away at about 12:30 p.m., police said Friday in a news release.

As of Friday, police were searching for a gold Chevrolet Malibu with the Pennsylvania license plate HFZ-9548, according to emergency dispatchers.

According to the news release, the detective saw drugs being exchanged between people in two vehicles in the parking lot near Burlington Coat Factory.

When the detective tried to arrest them, a woman in a white Pontiac Sunbird fled in her vehicle toward James Street.

A man in the other vehicle was ordered to the ground but instead jumped back into the gold Malibu and drove toward the Best Buy store, which caused the detective to fall.

Two witnesses saw the man throw heroin and a gun out of the car window as he drove away, police said last week.

Monroeville police Chief Steve Pascarella did not return telephone calls, as of Tuesday, seeking comment.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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