Man arrested after fleeing, crashing in Carrick
Just before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, Zone 3 police officers were patrolling on Dellrose Street when they witnessed a silver Hyundai Azera fail to use a turn signal while turning onto Copperfield Avenue.
The Hyundai then made a left onto Brownsville Road from Copperfield Avenue. Officers initiated a traffic stop in the 1300 block of Brownsville Road. The Hyundai slowed and pulled to the right of Brownsville but did not stop.
The driver of the vehicle made an immediate right onto Linnview Avenue at a slow speed and then immediately accelerated down Linnview Avenue toward Amanda Street, running a posted stop sign and immediately crashing into a Chevrolet Cruze.
The driver of the Hyundai, identified as George Johnson-Frye, Jr., exited from the driver side door and tried to pull at the rear passenger side door. Officer detained Johnson-Frye and observed three young children in the vehicle without car seats.
Paramedics found the three children – ages 6, 6, and 8 – were alert and conscious. The three children were taken to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in stable condition.
The two occupants of the Chevrolet Cruze sustained minor injuries and went to UPMC Mercy Hospital.
While police were checking on the conditions of the children in the vehicle, they found 11 bundles of heroin on the driver's side floorboard. An additional bundle of heroin was also found on the driver's side floor board. Johnson-Frye had three cell phones inside of his vehicle as well.
Johnson-Frye Jr. was medically cleared at UPMC Mercy and transported to the Allegheny County Jail.
In addition to the Chevrolet Cruze that was struck, a parked and unoccupied Toyota Tacoma was also struck and damaged. Additionally, concrete steps and a wall of a residence on Linnview were also damaged.
Johnson-Frye's charges include driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, accidents involving injury while not licensed, fleeing or attempting to elude police, stop signs and yield signs, turning movements and required signals, restraint systems, endangering the welfare of children, possession of controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, restraint systems, and criminal mischief.