Vehicle stopped for not using turn signal results in crash and arrest

Police say a man was pulled over for failing to use his turn signal, but as authorities approached the vehicle, it sped off.

According to police, detectives were taking part in a violence reduction initiative on August 25, 2016, when they tried to carry out a simple vehicle stop on a white Chevy Tahoe.

Detectives pulled over the vehicle near the intersection of Deary and Montezuma streets in Pittsburgh’s Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood at approximately 11 p.m on Thursday night.

When the authorities approached the vehicle on foot, they noticed at least two other people inside and recognized that one of them may have been a possible warrant suspect.

As the detectives got closer to the Chevy Tahoe, it sped off.

Upon requesting backup, the police chased the vehicle into Homewood then into Highland Park.

On Lake Drive in Highland Park, the driver hit a telephone pole.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Aaron Wakefield, 22, of Lincoln-Lemington.

Police say, Wakefield was taken into custody without further incident, however at this point, the other two occupants of the vehicle were no where to be found.

Wakefield was transported to the hospital, but he turned down any medical care.

Police later learned that one of the passengers was later caught and identified while walking on Brushton Avenue in Homewood.

The other suspect that the detectives believed had an outstanding warrant, was not found.

Wakefield was charged with reckless driving, fleeing and eluding, driving while operating privilege is suspended, and other vehicle code violations.

On the morning of Friday, August 26, 2016, the Chevy Tahoe reportedly hit an unoccupied vehicle on the 500 block of N. Homewood Avenue.

There is no further information available at this time.


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