Greencastle police officer endangered during chase

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

A Greencastle police officer was endangered during a high speed chase that started in Chambersburg and ended in Maryland Tuesday morning.

Pennsylvania State Police reported that just after 8:30 a.m. two Chambersburg Police Department cars attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Joseph Johnson-Glover, 35, of New York. Police said a pursuit ensued from the Borough of Chambersburg onto Interstate-81. Police allege the vehicle ran through a stop sign at the entrance of the highway and traveled in a closed left lane, nearly crashing into three workers in an active work zone. According to the police report, the vehicle forced numerous vehicles off the road, passing on the right and shoulder and also used the center median in an attempt to flee. Police said the vehicle was clocked at over 100 in a 55 MPH construction zone and 124 in a 65 mph zone.

As a Greencastle officer attempted to use spike strips to stop the vehicle, police said it drove onto the shoulder and nearly struck the officer at a speed in excess of 100 mph. The vehicle them cut off a tractor trailer, nearly causing a crash and spun out near exit 3, according to police. Police said the vehicle then began to flee south on U.S. 11 and just missed hitting a motorcycle head-on at a high rate of speed. The vehicle continued south into Maryland, forcing oncoming traffic off the road before striking an unoccupied trailer on the side of the road and fleeing on foot. Chambersburg police and a Maryland State Police trooper captured the driver.

Police did not enumerate the charges in the case, but asked that anyone who was a victim or was forced off the road by the suspect during the pursuit, and who is willing to testify in court, should contact Trooper M. McCullough of the Pennsylvania State Police at 264-5161.