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Car fleeing police backs into house in Sheraden

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Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, 9:27 p.m.
 

A house sustained structural damage when the driver of a rental car trying to evade police backed into it at a high rate of speed Thursday afternoon in Sheraden, police said.

Police arrested a 17-year-old passenger after 118 stamp bags of heroin — worth about $10 each — were found in the car that crashed about 3:15 p.m. on Zephyr Avenue, Pittsburgh police Lt. Daniel M. Herrmann said. Officers were obtaining an arrest warrant for the driver, who ran off following the crash, he said.

The incident began when detectives approached the intersection of Zephyr and Sherwood Avenue at the same time as the rental car. When the driver spotted police, he put the car in reverse and backed away at a high rate of speed, nearly colliding with several vehicles that were approaching it from behind, Herrmann said.

The vehicle traveled about two blocks in reverse before the crash, he said.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or at mhasch@tribweb.com.

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