Driver faces multiple charges after chase, crash in Lincoln-Lemington



PITTSBURGH - An East Liberty man is facing several charges after a chase and crash in Pittsburgh's Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood Friday morning.

Authorities told Channel 11 News that the incident started as a fight on Frankstown and Lincoln avenues around 3:30 a.m. Officers showed up and began chasing a vehicle that fled from the scene with several people inside.

Channel 11's Jennifer Tomazic went to Pittsburgh Police with video obtained from a local business of the fight before the police chase. In the video, two vehicles are seen starting to move through an intersection at the same time. Shortly thereafter, people are seen getting out of their cars and fighting.

After nearly 5 minutes, a black Chevrolet Cavalier leaves the scene. That's when police attempted to it pull over.

"When (officers) arrived, they attempted to stop some of the parties involved," Sgt. Patrick Fosnaught said.

The vehicle did not stop, leading to the brief pursuit.

According to police, the Cavalier hit two parked cars and eventually crashed on Highland Drive. At that time, police said everyone in the car tried to run away.

A K-9 found the driver of the car, 24-year-old Scott Donofrio, in a nearby wooded area. They then unsuccessfully searched for the other people who were in the car. They also did not find the weapon that an officer saw Donofrio carrying when he got out of the car.

"Officers reported people fleeing from the area had weapons," Fosnaught said.

Donofrio will be charged with DUI, fleeing police, reckless driving and other charges, officials said. Police said that not only was he drunk, he was driving without a license -- a violation he was arrested for just seven days ago.

As of Friday evening, Donofrio was in jail on $10,000 bond.