Man shot following high-speed chase in Pa.

May 02, 1997



Staff Writers

SCOTLAND, Pa. - A New York man was listed in serious condition at Hershey Medical Center Friday night after Pennsylvania State Police shot him following a high-speed chase along Pa. 696 and Interstate 81, police and hospital officials said.

Officers fired at Brian Prins, 29, of Ocean Side, N.Y., about 3:15 p.m. after he allegedly made numerous attempts to elude them and rammed his car into several police cruisers, police said.

The chase began shortly after 2:30 p.m. in Shippensburg when Mid-Cumberland Valley police officers saw a motorist driving in a reckless manner, said Sgt. Thomas Barkdoll, the police spokesman at the scene.


The driver allegedly fled onto Pa. 696 and then Interstate 81, switching directions several times and crossing into the median strip, police said. Officers in cruisers tried to stop him.

The driver allegedly rammed a cruiser and then continued north on Interstate 81 until he was forced into the median strip about half a mile north of exit 8 in Greene Township and surrounded by cruisers, police said.

The driver attempted to escape again by ramming some more cruisers, police said.

Police used "legal intervention" to stop the suspect, including firing shots at him, Barkdoll said.

Barkdoll said he didn't know how many officers fired their weapons or how many shots were fired.

Several troopers involved in the chase were shaken but otherwise unhurt, Barkdoll said.

Prins' car, which was registered in Kentucky, and several police cruisers sustained minor to moderate damage in the chase, Barkdoll said.

The scene was roped off with yellow police tape, but traffic on the interstate rolled by the area uninterrupted in both lanes.

Prins was taken to Chambersburg Hospital and then moved to Hershey Medical Center, police said. No charges have been filed.

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