- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Pittsburgh police chief has resigned and pleaded guilty to causing a crash that seriously injured a woman last year.

Coraopolis police Chief Alan DeRusso had been on administrative leave since charges were filed in January.

The 56-year-old chief submitted his resignation Thursday, then pleaded guilty Friday in Allegheny County to reckless endangerment and reckless driving. He’ll be sentenced Jan. 28.

Investigators found no evidence DeRusso was answering an emergency call in his unmarked car when he drove about 80 mph and ran a red light, hitting an SUV driven by 36-year-old Kristy Grazier in August 2014.

Grazier lost her appendix, part of her intestine, and had a concussion, chipped vertebrae and fractured skull.

DeRusso’s attorney says DeRusso apologized to the victim “because he knows how tragic and how bad this was to her.”

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