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


    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.


    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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