NORTH VERSAILLES, Pa. (KDKA) — A high-speed police chase in North Versailles ended with the driver crashing into a police cruiser. But that’s not the whole story. There is a twist.
When police arrested the driver, they noticed a woman in the car who was crying and visibly shaken.
The woman told police that Alanda Brooks forced his way into her car at a gas station and threatened her at gunpoint to stay inside or he would kill her.
“Who does this? It’s crazy,” said Nicole Ricke of Turtlecreek.
Police say Brooks kidnapped the woman from a gas station with the intention of taking her to an abandoned building in McKeesport.
His reason? Her boyfriend allegedly hired him to do it.
“It’s scary. It’s unreal. I don’t know what people are thinking,” said Steven Ingrum of Verona.
North Versailles police say they spotted Brooks speeding on East Pittsburg McKeesport Boulevard around 7 a.m. Monday night. The officers turned on their lights and began chasing him.
From there, Brooks led them on a high-speed chase through several streets to Greensburg Pike, weaving in and out of traffic before crashing into a police cruiser on Hyer Avenue.
“It’s pretty crazy. You hear about stuff like this, but it’s not really here,” said Robert Gray of North Versailles.
When police took Brooks into custody, they noticed a woman crying in the car.
According to the criminal complaint, the woman says Brooks got into her car at a gas station and forced her at gunpoint to stay inside when he drove away or he would kill her.
Brooks confessed to the police, saying: “I kidnapped her, she had nothing to do with it.”
“What are you thinking? Come on. It makes no sense to me,” said Michael Ingrum of Verona.
Brooks told police he had never seen the woman before or even knew her name. He claims he was hired by her ex-boyfriend.
The kidnapping plot was foiled and locals say luckily the suspect was speeding and the cops were there to catch him.
“I’m glad everyone is safe,” said Rosalie Marszczyk of Turtlecreek.
Brooks is charged with DUI, unlawful restraint and aggravated vehicular assault among other related offenses. He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail.
KDKA has reached out to the North Versailles Police Chief for information about the ex-boyfriend’s alleged role. No one answered the call.