Police chase on PA Turnpike ends in fiery wreck near Path Valley Road interchange

20 May 2024- A chase on the Pennsylvania Turnpike eventually ends with a man in custody and a fiery wreck of a vehicle on Path Valley Road. Elvis Ivan Vintimilla is behind bars in Franklin County on $100,000 bail after being charged with felony receiving stolen property and felony fleeing an officer.

Pennsylvania State Police out of the Highspire station were initially notified of a possible stolen vehicle from Elizabeth, New Jersey around 10:30pm on May 15th by the owner of that vehicle. Troopers say they received a call from the man who explained that his vehicle, which was stolen from him, was traveling on the PA Turnpike and could deduce this from the fact his iPhone was still in the car. After tracking the car’s journey, the victim contacted PSP and reported it stolen out of New Jersey.

Troopers were able to find the vehicle, a white 2020 Toyota Camry with Florida plates, on the turnpike around mile marker 214.2 going over 130mph in the left hand lane. After following the vehicle through the interstate, they were unable to pull it over until after a work zone ended. This happened to coincide, however, with the Willow Hill (PA-75) interchange. That vehicle then allegedly continued to elude Troopers by pulling off the interstate and onto Path Valley Road, almost crashing in the exit ramp due to high speeds.

Trying to turn onto Path Valley Road, the Camry again lost control and crashed into a utility pole at a high rate of speed, causing the car to come to a complete stop and catching fire.

The driver of the vehicle, now identified as Elvis Ivan Vintimilla of Newark, New Jersey, reportedly obeyed commands by PSP and was taken into custody without incident. His listed DOB is December 16th, 2004.

Elvis Vintimilla remains behind bars on $100,000 bail.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39305-CR-0000064-2024, Incident No.: PA 2024-632578