Pa. man clings to hood of SUV for 11 miles; driver charged with assault
(WTAE.COM) SPRINGDALE, Pa. – Pennsylvania State Police charged a man with assault after they say he drove more than 11 miles with a man clinging to the hood of his SUV.
Other drivers on Route 28 in Harmar Township called 911 Sunday evening to report they saw a man gripping the hood of a Ford Explorer cruising down the highway.
State police say it started when 46-year-old Dwayne Harvard from Pittsburgh hit 36-year-old Steven Sutton of Pittsburgh with his SUV in Springdale. Harvard denies hitting him.
Harvard believes Sutton was upset that he was with Sutton’s girlfriend Sunday.
“He took a cinder block and he was trying to hit the truck,” Harvard said. “I said, ‘calm down. You put the block down.’”
Harvard said Sutton jumped on the SUV and just held on.
Harvard said he felt Sutton was threatening him and the female friend, who was in the passenger seat. So he drove through Springdale, Cheswick and Harmar Township. Eventually Harvard drove onto Route 28 North with Sutton still on the hood.
“I called 911 myself and I let him know who I was,” Harvard said. ‘I said, ‘Listen, my name is Dwayne Harvard,’ I said, ‘I got this guy on my hood.’”
Harvard said he did not want to pull over and let Sutton off because he feared for his life.
“I didn’t want to stop because if he had a gun, he could shoot either through the window and kill me and also kill her.”
Emergency dispatchers directed Harvard to exit at Kittanning. He did. Police detained and interviewed both men.
Police charged Harvard with simple assault, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and DUI. He posted bond and was released from jail.
Sutton has not been charged.