Skip to comments.Man Leads Police on 120MPH Chase in Md.
Posted on 02/03/2012 12:26:21 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
A Chambersburg man is in jail after allegedly fleeing from police Monday at speeds up to 120 mph while driving a stolen car into Maryland, causing several crashes before finally hitting the back of a tractor-trailer.
Gabriel Edward Gomez, 25, of 31 N. Franklin St., was arrested in Washington County, Md., after crashing the 1992 Toyota Camry on Interstate 81 southbound, near mile marker 9. He remains in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Pennsylvania State Police, Chambersburg, said a trooper checked the Toyota and learned it had been reported stolen. He attempted to stop the car about 3:35 p.m. on I-81 near mile marker 16 in Guilford Township. The driver, Gomez, allegedly refused to pull over and a pursuit began.
The Toyota belonged to Sierra Carpenter, 23, Chambersburg. According to Chambersburg Police, Carpenter reported the theft Sunday. He said the car was left idling while he was inside 435 S. Main St., and it was gone by 7:40 p.m.
In the theft report, the Toyota was described as maroon with a dented driver's side door and several Shippensburg University stickers on the back. It was valued at $3,000, according to charging documents.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Maryland authorities were alerted to the southbound chase about 3:45 p.m.
The Toyota got off the interstate at Maugans Avenue and led the chase into Maugansville, Md., turning right onto Village Mill Road. Gomez allegedly drove through several backyards before re-entering I-81 south via Showalter Road.
The pursuit ended when the Toyota struck a dump truck, a Ford pickup truck and the back of a loaded tractor-trailer, according to the police affidavit. Traffic had stopped or slowed due to an unrelated fatal crash about a mile ahead in the northbound lanes.
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Maryland “Freak State” PING!
In the old days, you stood a very good chance of beating them, before all the science and communication, and saturation of police.
They used to be few in number, with huge areas to cover, and the cars some guys drove back then were incredible.
Into the back of a tractor trailer — this jerk is lucky he didn’t decapitate himself. I know what the back of one of those looks like coming up real fast in a low slung car (sliding on ice) and was about to bid my cranium good bye when the car spun and I ended up near miraculously on the shoulder pointed forward.
Legal status? His picture is online and it appears that he has a gang tat.
Who would have thought that a ‘92 Camery could even go 120 MPH?
As we used to say back in the 60s in Missouri. “You might outrun Mercury but you can’t outrun Motorola”
The alleged perp must have been slowed down quite abit when he rearended the semi. At any kinda speed the Camry would have been a convertible
I wonder if he was caught on any of those many speed cameras they have in Maryland all set to increase revenue.
Yesterday we drove along a short section of 95 in florida. We counted over ten separate police vehicles all doing the Godly work of speed enforcement. I pointed that out to my wife and said the highway has become the TSA checkpoint of the new era.
120mph? that it??
hell, i’ve got ‘documented’ proof of doing better then that while passing an unmarked car
yea... they weren’t using the types i was use to from MA, otherwise i wouldn’t have passed them. “why’d you pass an undercover cop car at speed?” “if i knew you were a cop, i wouldn’t have passed you” they laughed about that... and i paid a (hefty) fine. that was back in the day. today, they’d prolly think i was a terrorist and shoot me (it’s not like i had a pgp key with me or anything... sheesh)
I have been on both sides. In the late sixties I lived in CT owned a GTO and worked nights. This was the beginning era of speed enforcement with radar, CTSP had the K Band style which hung on the left rear window. Travel home was on RT2,which was two lane merging into a 4 lanes about 10 miles out of Hartford. At this point I was doing 80+. On one trip home, I noticed break-lights off the road in the bushes. I figured I had had it, dropped down into third gear, took it to the red-line and dumped into 4th. CTSP unit “lit me up” but I was gone at 120+
Much later in life I was an officer of the law, working nights, now living in another state. Part of my patrol was an interstate. Dispatched alerted me to a “rice burner” with a CT Reg doing 123MPH, but for some reason was never pursued. Since this area of travel had a gas station and a McD’s I searched and found the reported vehicle at McD’s. I waited in secluded area. The Rice Burner departed and headed south on the interstate. There was no other traffic, so I edged up on the speeder, at 120+ I had him in radar range, hit the instant-on, had him at 130, lit him up and it was over. Took over 9 miles of interstate.
15 years ago, I was a salesman, driving a Impala LT-1 in MA, RT 495 a Mercedes was tailgating me at 85-90, I brought the LT-1 up in speed. At 138 he decided to leave me alone.
Just south of Jacksonville? I’ve noted a lot of enforcement in that area.
Just north of the 295 merge with 95 in North Jax, from the airport up.
In my late teens I outran the cops twice. The key is knowing the area like the back of your hand and losing them FAST - and doing it at night - especially if you are in a six cylinder Rambler Classic, as I was...
I call the state patrol the modern highwaymen. With our move to Kentucky from Seattle, we made three trips. One in a moving van, one a year later in one of our cars, and one two months later in our other car taking the scenic southern route. Passed a LOT of cops but never got stopped. It’s sort of a fun “cat and mouse” game for me.
I actually unintentionally outran the cops once. A cop was radar-gunning, and I was only one exit from my destination. There was a slight hill. I was the only one on the road, the cop got me going 85, he pulled out with lights. I went over the slight hill, then got off at the exit expecting him right behind me (as it was my destination anyways), but I saw him fly by still on the expressway. I didn’t try, he just messed up. LOL
Beltway chase ends in D.C. with a four-car crashWASHINGTON - A police chase that started in Maryland ended in a four-car crash in D.C. Thursday evening.
Authorities say the chase started around 5:30 p.m. when Maryland police received a call about a suspected drunken driver on the Inner Loop of the Beltway near the exit for Route 1.
Police tried to pull over the black Lincoln pick-up truck, but the driver sped up to 60 miles per hour.
The pursuit eventually led into the District, where the driver slowed down and D.C. police took over the chase.
The suspect was apprehended near Florida and New York avenues in Northeast after causing the collision.
There is no word yet on injuries.
D.C. police will be charging the suspect.
—15 years ago, I was a salesman, driving a Impala LT-1 in MA, RT 495 a Mercedes was tailgating me at 85-90, I brought the LT-1 up in speed. At 138 he decided to leave me alone.—
Something similar happened to me. A pair of jeep cherokees (one, a “grand cherokee”) from Minessota were chasing me westbound on I-90 in eastern Montana. I was in my 2001 Chrysler 300m. It had the “performance package”. I figured there governor was at 115 so I punched it to 140 for a couple of miles and then dropped back to 95. I had to do this several times because they kept catching up when I did that. I finally did 140 for several miles before taking an exit to get gas.
I only assume it was 140 because the governor for the M with that package is aroun d142 and my speedometer, which only goes to 120, was WAAAY past 120.
The amount of real estate you can cover at that speed is quite exhilarating. There are also very few places in the eastern US (where I now live) where you can really do that sort of thing in the middle of the day.
Yep, then on our honeymoon on the AUTOBAHN in Germany, rented a BMW 240 KMH, +/- 150 mph.
When see the broken lane lines turn to solid, you know it you are flying
Here you have to watch those lines across the lanes = Bear in the air.
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