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Seven defendants plead guilty in race-fixing case

December 01, 2000

Seven defendants plead guilty in race-fixing case



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Calling him a "public enemy," a Franklin County judge sentenced a New York man Wednesday to serve up to six years in the state prison for leading Pennsylvania State Police on a high speed chase along Interstate 81 in August.

Mark A. Barrett, 27, of Binghampton, N.Y., was charged with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, driving under the influence and fleeing for the incident on I-81 that ended near milepost 9 in Antrim Township.

"Other vehicles noticed the defendant driving erratically and called state police. A wild and reckless chase and ensued, reaching speeds of 110 to 140 miles per hour," said Assistant District Attorney John Lisko.

According to police records, a trooper in a marked cruiser tried to pull over a vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver refused to pull over during the chase south on the interstate and the car rammed a cruiser.

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Barrett ran from the vehicle after hitting the cruiser, and police were finally able to catch him, Lisko said.

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Walker had harsh words for Barrett.

"If you wanted to go 110 to 120 miles an hour, you should have booked a plane ticket," he said. "You are not allowed to fly on (Interstate) 81."

Walker sentenced Barrett to a total of 15 months to six years in state prison and ordered him to pay a total of $1,500 in fines for the four charges.

"You are up there as the public enemy when you're driving like that on I-81," Walker said after sentencing Barrett.

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