• Woman runs from courthouse, takes off in U-Haul van

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    PITTSBURGH - A woman ran from Pittsburgh Municipal Court and jumped in a U-Haul van, nearly hitting a detective as she drove off, police said.

    Cherie White, 26, of Monroeville, was supposed to appear for a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

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    According to a criminal complaint, White arrived late and a detective had started the process of obtaining a failure to appear warrant.

    The detective contacted White’s attorney, who said he had only become her representative that morning and would request a postponement. The detective said he would present the FTA warrant paperwork and his request for postponement to the magistrate, who would make a decision.

    White was told to not leave the courthouse until after the magistrate made the decision, but she instead ran, the complaint said.


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    White was chased by two detectives as she ran from the courthouse and got into the U-Haul, police said.

    One of the detectives said White drove the U-Haul toward him and he had to push off the van with his hands to avoid being hit, the complaint said.

    The U-Haul was stopped about a half-mile away on Second Avenue and White was arrested and taken to the Allegheny County Jail.


     

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