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Police say chase reached speeds of 120 mph on Pennsylvania Turnpike

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 9/4/19

A Pittsburgh man faces 19 charges following a car chase on the Pennsylvania Turnpike with speeds reaching more than 120 mph on Aug. 22, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. …

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Police say chase reached speeds of 120 mph on Pennsylvania Turnpike

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A Pittsburgh man faces 19 charges following a car chase on the Pennsylvania Turnpike with speeds reaching more than 120 mph on Aug. 22, according to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith.

One of the Pennsylvania State Police troopers broke two bones trying to bring David Andrew Williams, 20, into custody, according to the affidavit. Details on the injury were not provided.

At 9:30 a.m., a trooper was on patrol when police were told to be on the lookout for a 2017 gray BMW reported stolen in Harrisburg. The trooper reportedly saw the car on South Eisenhower Boulevard in Lower Swatara Township heading toward the turnpike.

The trooper pulled over the car on the turnpike, but when the trooper started walking toward it, Williams drove away, according to the affidavit.

The officer pursued the car, and police said speeds reached more than 120 mph in a 70-mph zone. The car followed other cars closely and passed the cars on the shoulder, and the trooper said the other cars had to brake or swerve to avoid a crash.

According to the affidavit, Williams exited at mile marker 266 and drove through the toll booth at about 60 mph before making a U-turn to head westbound.

Officers used spike strips to deflate the tires. Williams ran across the median, eastbound traffic and guardrail, according to the affidavit. Three officers tried to take the driver into custody after pursuing him, and Williams reportedly resisted arrest by keeping his hands under his body.

Officers reportedly found a small amount of marijuana in his possession.

Williams was charged with receiving stolen property; flight to avoid apprehension; fleeing or attempting to elude an officer; recklessly endangering another person; resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; possession of a small amount of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; driving an unregistered vehicle; passing on the left and right; disregarding the traffic lane; following too closely; failing to yield to an emergency vehicle; turning without signaling; not driving at a safe speed; speeding; careless driving; and reckless driving.

Williams was arraigned before District Judge George Zozos, and his bail was set at $50,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for today.