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High-speed chase reached 112 mph on Pennsylvania Turnpike

Posted 4/4/18

A Harrisburg man faces numerous charges after State Police say he led them on a 70-mile chase on the Pennsylvania Turnpike with speeds of at least 112 mph before the chase ended near …

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High-speed chase reached 112 mph on Pennsylvania Turnpike

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A Harrisburg man faces numerous charges after State Police say he led them on a 70-mile chase on the Pennsylvania Turnpike with speeds of at least 112 mph before the chase ended near Middletown.

The chase began just before 1:30 a.m. March 24, westbound on the turnpike in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, when police attempted to pull over a vehicle being driven by Ahmir Sincere-Dashawn Wright, 18, of the 2200 block of Forester Street.

Police said the registered owner of the vehicle — who was not Wright — was listed as having a suspended license. Police said they also detected a “strong odor” of marijuana that police believe was coming from the Chrysler Pacifica being driven by Wright.

Police said Wright “aggressively accelerated” and started fleeing at a high rate of speed when officers tried to stop him.

State Police from Newville eventually stopped Wright’s vehicle by deploying spike strips near mile marker 251 westbound near Middletown. Wright’s vehicle came to rest after being hit from behind by a cruiser driven by another state police trooper.

Police in searching the vehicle found a Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun loaded with 13 live rounds in the magazine. Police also found suspected marijuana in the vehicle.

Wright was arraigned on March 24 before District Judge Sonya M. McKnight and charged with manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, carrying a firearm without a license, fleeing or attempting to elude police, possession of a small amount of marijuana, disregarding a traffic lane, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, turning movements and required signals, exceeding the posted speed by 42 mph, careless driving, and reckless driving.

He was released after posting $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing before Judy is set for April 9.