- Associated Press - Friday, March 13, 2015

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Pittsburgh police chief has been ordered to stand trial in connection with an August crash that seriously injured a woman.

Coraopolis police Chief Alan DeRusso has been on administrative leave since charges including felony aggravated assault by motor vehicle were filed Jan. 14. Before that, the 56-year-old chief had been on medical leave due to his injuries.

Investigators say they found no evidence DeRusso was answering an emergency call in his unmarked car when he allegedly ran a red light in Moon Township at 80 mph and hit an SUV driven by 36-year-old Kristy Grazier.

DeRusso’s attorney contends he was performing his duties as police chief and says the crash - which DeRusso says he doesn’t remember - doesn’t warrant a felony prosecution.

A district judge disagreed in sending the charges to Allegheny County court on Thursday.



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