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Man pleads to charges from high-speed police chase

| Friday, July 12, 2013, 11:31 p.m.

A Troy Hill man who nearly ran over a Pittsburgh police officer in a high-speed chase from Point Breeze to Verona pleaded guilty on Friday to three charges.

Melvin Solomon, 42, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and fleeing police. His sentencing before Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman is scheduled for Oct. 10.

Police said Solomon was speeding about 2 a.m. Sept. 29, 2012, near the intersection of Penn and South Braddock avenues in Point Breeze.

When officers attempted to stop Solomon, he led them on a chase through Homewood, Wilkinsburg, Penn Hills, Oakmont and Verona, reaching speeds as high as 80 mph.

Cornered on a dead-end street, Solomon threw his vehicle in reverse, forcing Officer Matthew G. Schutz to dive behind his patrol car to get out of the way, police said. Officers opened fire, but the suspect ran after wrecking into a utility pole.

Solomon ran to his girlfriend's home nearby and told her to report the vehicle as stolen. She did but later told police about his involvement.

Adam Brandolph is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-391-0927.

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