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New Kensington man facing numerous charges, including DUI

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, 10:12 p.m.
Terry Diggs
Terry Diggs

A New Kensington man who allegedly drove onto the South Busway and fled when police tried to stop him Friday night is facing numerous charges, including driving under the influence, court records show.

Terry Diggs, 47, is also charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police and several traffic offenses.

Port Authority police say Diggs drove onto the South Busway at the Pioneer Avenue entrance early Friday night.

Officer Cody Gonze saw Diggs make a right turn onto the busway and begin driving outbound in the left-hand lane, against traffic.

When Gonze tried to stop Diggs, Diggs continued to drive in the left-hand lane while also crossing the center yellow line back into the right-hand lane, according to police paperwork.

Police said Diggs pulled over prior to the Edgebrook bus station, but took off again when Gonze got out of his patrol vehicle. According to Gonze, Diggs drove off with his headlights and taillights off, and was unable to remain in a single-lane, continiously crossing over the double yellow line.

Gonze continued to pursue Diggs, who eventually lost control of his vehicle near the Overbrook bus station. According to police, Diggs struck an outbound jersey barrier which caused his vehicle to roll over onto its hood.

Police arrested Diggs after he got out of his vehicle and tried to flee.

A search of Diggs’ vehicle turned up five open cans of beer and a strong odor of alcohol, police said.

Diggs failed field sobriety tests and also refused to take a breath test, according to court documents.

Diggs was arraigned Saturday morning before District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet and released on a nonmonetary bond, court records show.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. Dec. 20.

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702, mczebiniak@tribweb.com, or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.

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