Man accused of working over the foot of a soldier and hitting a pedestrian in a automotive on the south facet of Pittsburgh

A Washington County man was arrested early Monday after state police said he ran over the foot of a soldier and hit a pedestrian in his car on the south side of Pittsburgh over the weekend.

Dirk Laniel Barfield, 35, of California, was held in the Allegheny County Jail on bail for $ 25,000.

Police said Barfield was driving an Audi A5 when it was stopped for traffic violations at 1:30 a.m. Saturday on South 17th Street and Carey Way, according to a press release. He is accused of escaping from the traffic control and running over the foot of a soldier, the police said.

A few blocks from the traffic stop, investigators said Barfield hit a pedestrian and drove on. The pedestrian was treated for a foot injury and was discharged from hospital the next day.

Police received an arrest warrant for Barfield on Saturday for grievous bodily harm, fleeing the police, reckless endangerment and related crimes. Court records show that his license has been revoked or suspended.

Barfield did not have an attorney listed on the online court records. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 25th.

The Pittsburgh Police Department began stepping up patrols in early July when officials cited a “dangerous and unsustainable” situation with overcrowded sidewalks, unruly pedestrians and sometimes violent tendencies. Shootings on consecutive weekends last month prompted officials to accelerate a plan that restricts traffic, parking and deliveries on the noisiest section of the East Carson Street corridor. Some side streets have been closed to motorists.

The restrictions apply on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Barfield was sentenced to four to eight years in prison in 2011, followed by seven years probation for aggravated assault and gun possession resulting from an incident in Washington County in 2008. An attempted manslaughter charge has been withdrawn, according to online court records.

Renatta Signorini is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374,, or on Twitter.

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