Sewickley Hills man held in chase begged police to shoot him
A Sewickley Hills man who crashed his car late Saturday after leading a state trooper on a chase at speeds approaching 100 mph repeatedly begged officers to kill him, authorities say.
Gregory Wayne Omlor, 23, was in Allegheny County Jail after being charged shortly before midnight Saturday with drunken driving, resisting arrest, numerous traffic violations and aggravated assault on Trooper Andrew S. Reith and Pittsburgh police officers Daniel Stangrecki and Mark Pisano.
Court documents say Reith spotted Omlor's gold Toyota Corolla weaving in and out of his lane while driving south on Interstate 279 toward the East Street exit. When Reith tried to pull him over, Omlor began speeding through traffic before skidding through the right bend in the highway just past the West End Bridge exit, spinning his car across both lanes of Route 65 before slamming into a concrete barrier.
While handcuffed, Omlor appeared drunk but uninjured and grew increasingly belligerent before saying he wanted someone "to end it for me" and to "just shoot me," records say. While a tow truck driver, Thomas O'Connor, and Reith tried to restrain Omlor, he kicked the trooper's chest twice, according to court documents.
Taken to Allegheny General Hospital, North Side, by the Pittsburgh officers, Omlor refused to remain seated - shouting, "What will it take for you to shoot me?" - before he kicked Pisano in the leg and Stangrecki in the knee, forcing them and several hospital security guards to restrain him, authorities said.
Carl Prine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7826 or firstname.lastname@example.org.