Chambersburg man accused of going 100mph through Shippensburg to evade cops

25 March 2024- A Chambersburg man is facing DUI and numerous other charges after allegedly being chased by Shippensburg PD and PSP through Shippensburg and into Southampton Township. Ferdinand Machado Morales is charged with felony fleeing an officer, misdemeanor DUI, and traffic violations of reckless driving, driving an unregistered vehicle, operating a vehicle without valid inspection, and driving without insurance. Machado Morales is behind bars on $50,000 bail.

Shippensburg PD officers were on regular patrol in the borough on Sunday, March 24th when they say they saw a red Ford Escape overtake another vehicle crossing over W King Street at Park Place, only inches from causing an accident. After flipping on emergency lights and attempting a traffic stop, SPD say the Ford continued and accelerated to speeds of about 100mph. The Ford allegedly continued overtaking cars, including two near-misses of head-on collisions.

Shippensburg PD were joined by PSP in attempting to get the driver of the Ford off the road and were able to find him parked behind a barn near a farm road on Molly Pitcher Highway. That driver, Ferdinand Machado Morales, was taken into custody without incident.

Machado Morales had his blood drawn for DUI testing. SPD also say that not only did he have significant signs of impairment, multiple bottles of Fireball whisky were on the passenger seat floorboards. When officers ran the vehicle’s registration, it was found to be a dead tag. Additionally, the inspection had run out in July 2020 and there was no insurance on the car.

Ferdinand Machado Morales is behind bars on $50,000 bail.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39201-CR-0000179-2024, Incident No.: SP-2024-2066