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Woman leads Pittsburgh police on chase with infant, toddler in the backseat

Megan Guza
| Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

A driver fled from police Tuesday with two children in the back seat and a sign in the rear window proclaiming the vehicle didn't require a driver's license or auto insurance, according to Pittsburgh police.

Shortly before noon, officers near the intersection of Wabash Street and Greentree Road noticed the white Chevrolet HHR and the sign, Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said. The writing, in all capital letters, said, “No driver license or insurance required, private, not for commerce use — private mode of travel.”

Toler said the vehicle is well known to Zone 6 officers who have stopped it repeatedly because it lacked valid registration.

When they saw it Tuesday and attempted a stop, the woman — identified as 31-year-old Candice Dixon ­— allegedly kept going. She drove to a parking lot along McKinney Lane, stopped and allowed a female passenger to exit.

But when a K-9 unit approached the vehicle, Toler said, Dixon “drove the Chevrolet toward the K-9 Officer at a very low speed, striking him multiple times before driving out of the parking lot and leading ... officers ... back onto Greentree Road, (and) onto 376 toward the city of Pittsburgh.”

Dixon allegedly fled through the Fort Pitt Tunnel onto Route 28 and the 40th Street Bridge, where she stopped. Along the way, she called 911 to report she had two children in the vehicle.

A 2-year-old and an infant in a car seat were in the back seat of the vehicle, police said. An adult was in the passenger seat.

Police arrested Dixon and charged her with aggravated assault, fleeing police, driving with a suspended license and two counts of endangering the welfare of children. She was taken to the Allegheny County Jail.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519, or via Twitter at @meganguzaTrib.

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