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Man in custody on multiple charges after leading police on high-speed chase

January 30, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

Police chased a Chambersburg, Pa., man on Interstate 81 Monday afternoon at speeds of more than 100 mph after police ran a check on the car he was driving and determined it had been reported as stolen, a Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

The man was taken into custody after he struck the back of a tractor-trailer near the Maugans Avenue interchange, Cpl. Dan Henley said.

Gabriel Edward Gomez, 25, of 31 N. Franklin St., is charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft between $1,000 and $10,000, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving and driving without a license, Henley said.

Henley said Gomez was being held Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center.

The chase started on I-81 south of Chambersburg after police ran a background check on the car’s tags, Henley said. Henley said police on radios reported the car was traveling at more than 100 mph when it eluded police.

The chase entered Washington County at 3:46 p.m. and the 1992 Toyota Camry exited I-81 at Maugans Avenue, Henley said. The chase continued into Maugansville on Village Mill Drive and Edith Avenue, Henley said.

The chase continued on Showalter Road then back onto I-81 at the Maugans Avenue interchange, Henley said. The Toyota struck a pickup truck near the Maugans Avenue exit, resulting in minor damage, then hit the rear of a tractor-trailer, Henley said.

Police were able apprehend the man after he hit the tractor-trailer, Henley said.

Gomez suffered some abrasions but he refused medical treatment, Henley said.

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