“On May 14, 2017, at approximately 0050 hours I, Officer Terry Childs, unit 3-13, was sitting on Semple Street before Forbes Avenue observing traffic.
I was sitting in a marked patrol vehicle, 1240, when I could hear an engine revving and then the sound of a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed coming from behind me. I looked into my passenger side view mirror and observed an SUV traveling on Semple Street approaching my position. I started to turn my headlights on when the vehicle ran the stop sign at Semple Street and Forbes Avenue, turning right onto Forbes Avenue. I got behind the vehicle with emergency lights on notifying UPPD dispatch that I was attempting to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was traveling in a careless and reckless manner with no regard for the public or other vehicles. The vehicle then quickly turned left onto the 100 block of Meyran Avenue before crashing into the Loeffler Building, 121 Meyran Avenue. The vehicle was a tan Ford Explorer with PA registration GTX 5678, owned by Amy Bookser.
The male started to exit his vehicle from the drivers side as I was approaching and I drew my firearm giving direct verbal commands for the male to lay on the ground and then place his hands behind his back. I checked the vehicle to make sure no other passengers were in the car and also asked the driver if there were anyone else in the vehicle to which he replied no. Officer Dubrosky arrived and as I provided cover he placed handcuffs on the male. The male was identified by his name, Alexander Bookser, and DOB. I observed Bookser’s eyes to be glassy and bloodshot, and Bookser’s speech was slurred. While on scene, I was unable to smell any alcohol, due to the antifreeze leaking from the vehicle. Bookser was placed into 1229 until medics arrived on scene.
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing was not completed due to possible injuries that could of been sustained from the accident.
Officer Riley arrived on scene, and I advised her that there were victims that stated they had been hit. She obtained their information and advised that they were shaken up from the incident. I will contact them on my next tour of duty to get more information and complete a supplement. Officers Riley and Braun also retraced the route and found another vehicle that was damaged from the vehicle. The first vehicle damaged was a blue Nissan Sentra, with PA registration HGW 0683, owned by Michele Campbell. It was parked at Semple Street and Louisa Street. The second vehicle that was hit was a tan Mercury SUV owned by Laura Randolph and was operated by Matthew Hill. They were struck on Fresco Way before Semple Street. Bookser reversed off of Fresco Way back onto Semple Street, and continued back onto Semple Street before approaching my location.
Medic 5 arrived on scene and only asked if Bookser needed medical attention to which he declined and medics cleared the scene. City Fire arrived and were notified of the damaged standpipe and referred the damage to the property owner. City Fire placed liquid absorb on the radiator fluid and cleared. McGann and Chester arrived on scene and towed the vehicle. Sgt. Mitchell completed the tow form and placed into the log at UPPD.
I transferred Bookser to my patrol vehicle and transported him to UPMC Presbyterian to be seen by a doctor, due to possible injuries from the crash. Bookser was showing a possible head injury with redness and swelling to his forehead. Once at UPMC Presbyterian, Dr. Lynch arrived to his room and asked if he had any pain or wanted to see a doctor, and Bookser declined any medical attention. With Officers already at UPMC Presbyterian, a blood test being readily available and RN Dempsey having the equipment ready, permission was granted by Lieutenant Redman to proceed with the blood draw. Bookser gave consent for a legal blood draw at 0145 hours and blood was drawn from his left arm at 0147 hours. Four tubes of Bookser’s blood, 2 green and 2 grey, were placed into an evidence bag and sealed and transported back to UPPD. The evidence, Bookser’s blood, and recovered property were placed into locker #4 to await submission to the crime lab.
At this time, there are no estimates on damages to the two vehicles and the Loeffler building. Oxford Management was notified to check on the Loeffler Building and to get into contact with UPPD.”