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Police arrest suspect after car chase from North Side to Hill District

| Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, 10:11 a.m.
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Pittsburgh police charged Reco Hall, 29, unknown address, with fleeing police, reckless endangerment, escape, simple assault, reckless driving and other crimes after a chase on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.

A man wanted on robbery and aggravated assault warrants led Pittsburgh police on a high-speed car chase Tuesday that wound through the North Side, Downtown and the Hill District before he crashed and tried to escape on foot.

Pittsburgh police charged Reco Hall, 29, whose address is not known, with fleeing police, reckless endangerment, escape, simple assault, reckless driving and other crimes.

In a criminal complaint, police wrote that Hall was wanted on a parole warrant for robbery. He also had warrants charging him with an October burglary in Homewood and an assault and theft in November, court records show.

An email recently circulated in the police bureau told officers that Hall had threatened to exchange gunfire with police if they attempted to apprehend him, the criminal complaint said.

Two women spotted Hall on Montgomery Place about 4 p.m. and called police when he threatened them with a gun, the complaint said.

As officers were talking to the women, they saw Hall drive by in a green Chevy Tahoe at James and East Ohio streets, the complaint said.

Officers began pursuing the Tahoe as it traveled the wrong way on North Commons Street, through Downtown and into the Hill District.

Hall crashed into two vehicles at Wylie Avenue and Watt Street, then jumped out of the sports utility vehicle and ran. The drivers of the other vehicles were not injured.

Officer Paul Abel wrote in the complaint that when he swerved to avoid hitting the Chevy, Hall ran into his path and he hit him in the lower left leg.

Hall ran a few more steps before falling and getting back up. He ran, then jumped over a fence before surrendering to police behind a home on Francis Court, the complaint said.

Abel noted in the complaint that there were numerous pedestrians and vehicles on the roads during the pursuit, and that speeds exceeded 70 mph at times.

Hall was treated for minor swelling in Allegheny General Hospital in the North Side and taken to the Allegheny County Jail, the complaint said. A check of records revealed that he has never had a Pennsylvania driver's license, the complaint said.

Hall has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 7.

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com.

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