Police officer nearly run over by fleeing car in Pittsburgh’s South Side

PITTSBURGH — A police cruiser was hit, and an officer barely avoided being run over by a fleeing car in Pittsburgh’s South Side early Sunday.

Pittsburgh police said officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop about 12:45 a.m. in the 1500 block of East Carson Street. The driver, 23-year-old Jammal Grisham, took off in the car, which was stolen, hitting the marked police vehicle at 17th and East Carson streets.

Police said Grisham intentionally drove the car toward two officers. One officer narrowly avoided being run over.

Grisham continued weaving in and out of opposing traffic before crashing into a building, police said. Even then, he tried to get away again.

There were no injuries, and Grisham was arrested.

Police said they were initially called for a domestic incident at 15th and Carson streets, and a “be on the lookout” was issued for the stolen car that officers tried to pull over.

Grisham is charged with aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving under the influence and reckless driving.

Channel 11 obtained cellphone video that shows the car barreling down East Carson Street and coming feet away from hitting the officer as he putting down a spike strip on the busy road. In the video, several cruisers are seen chasing the stolen car.