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North Side man fleeing police crashes vehicle

| Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 10:24 p.m.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled next week for a North Side man accused of using his vehicle to strike a Pittsburgh police officer who was trying to arrest him and then leading other officers on a pursuit that ended when his vehicle overturned.

Frizel Cager, 27, remained in the Allegheny County Jail on Thursday after being unable to post $100,000 bail imposed during his arraignment on more than two dozen charges, state court records show.

The incident occurred Wednesday on Vinceton Street in the Perry North neighborhood.

City police have not said if the officer was injured when he was struck by the vehicle Cager was driving as he tried to speed away from a traffic stop.

Officers asked Cager to get out of the vehicle, city police spokeswoman Diane Richard said, but he placed one hand on the gear shift and began reaching into his pocket.

As an officer drew his weapon, Richard said, Cager grabbed the muzzle and pulled the officer closer to the vehicle. As Cager began to accelerate to drive away, the officer was hit by the vehicle, Richard said.

Cager sped off and the vehicle overturned as he was turning onto Wabana Street, Richard said.

Officers found Cager, who had minor facial abrasions, with a loaded handgun in his pocket and $174, she said. Another handgun, 105 stamp bags of heroin and a large plastic bag containing bullets were found in the vehicle, Richard said.

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

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