• Rankin Bridge reopens, chase suspect in custody


    RANKIN, Pa. - An attempted traffic stop in McKeesport early Wednesday morning ended with a man hanging from the railing of the Rankin Bridge.

    McKeesport police say an officer attempted to stop Jerron Ervin Thomas, 24, of Pittsburgh around 2:30 a.m. for making an illegal turn onto East Fifth Avenue. Thomas, driving a blue Chevrolet Malibu did not pull over and instead fled across the Duquesne-McKeesport Bridge to Route 837.

    Thomas’ car allegedly struck a utility pole at the intersection of Route 837 and Mifflin Street in Whitaker and he fled on foot into a wooded area, police said.


    Police later spotted Thomas walking onto the nearby Rankin Bridge. Officers approached him and identified him as the driver of the Malibu.

    Police say Thomas ran to the edge of the bridge and jumped over the railing, holding onto it with both hands. Officers negotiated with Thomas and got him to come back up to the bridge, where he was arrested.

    Police say a stolen handgun was found in Thomas’ car.

    He’s charged with carrying a firearm without a license, flight to avoid apprehension and related crimes.


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