ROSTRAVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A police chase ended when the car that was being pursued crashed, with a child inside it, Wednesday morning in Rostraver Township, officials said.
The pursuit started on Interstate 70 when police tried to pull over the car for speeding, police said.
Instead of stopping, the car sped off on I-70 and then onto back roads and in residential neighborhoods at high-speed, disregarding stop signs.
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"Troopers noticed a small child in the back seat lift its head. He got on the PA system and tried to get the driver to stop immediately. He (the driver) he sped up faster," said Trooper Bob Broadwater, with the Pennsylvania State Police in Uniontown.
The car went around a sharp curve and flipped onto its roof on Indian Hill Road.
The man driving the car was Adam Rattay, 25. Channel 11’s Cara Sapida reported he is wanted on multiple drug warrants.
Suspect Adam Rattay badly injured his face after leading police in a chase and crashing— with a 3-year-old girl in the backseat.— Cara Sapida (@WPXICara) April 18, 2018
Officials said Rattay was flown to a hospital and faces a long recovery. The 3-year-old girl who was in a back seat of the car was not injured.
“The child is safe. They took the child for precautionary purposes. No injuries were observed. The driver sustained significant injury to the face,” Broadwater said. "He did put the child in fear of imminent bodily injury or death. We are grateful the child has no injuries at this time."
Channel 11 is working to learn what charges Rattay will face when he is released from the hospital.
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