ROSS TOWNSHIP — Four teens are expected to face charges after fleeing officers from multiple North Hills municipalities and ultimately crashing a stolen SUV into a business in Ross Township early Wednesday morning.
According to investigators, the initial pursuit began overnight on Route 8. Police in Hampton and Shaler tell us officers were notified of two stolen vehicles traveling north.
The officers briefly pursued the drivers before calling off the chase. The driver of one vehicle traveled to the turnpike and got away, according to police.
The driver of the other vehicle took Wildwood Road, and ultimately ended up in McCandless, where police there picked up the pursuit.
“The vehicle continued down McKnight Road, Ross Township assisted our officers in pursuit of this vehicle,” said McCandless Police Chief Ryan Hawk. “Ultimately, the vehicle was spiked by Ross Police Department.”
The vehicle, a Dodge Journey SUV, ended up crashing into the Adultmart on McKnight Road around 2 a.m., appearing to have caused significant damage.
Hawk said that four juveniles inside took off on foot, but were arrested by Ross officers moments later. The suspects were evaluated by paramedics on scene but were not injured, Hawk said, and were ultimately released to family members. Charges are pending.
Later Wednesday morning, workers were spotted boarding up the adult store. Employees at the store had no comment.
We are working to learn from which municipality the vehicles were stolen, and if there is a description of the vehicle that got away.