Sixteen mile chase on PA turnpike between Trooper and bike reaches speeds of between 100-120mph

09 May 2024- An Elkton, Maryland man is behind bars today in Cumberland County after a high speed chase on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. David Michael West, 28 of Elkton, Maryland, is charged with felony fleeing an officer, misdemeanor reckless endangerment, misdemeanor flight to avoid apprehension, and eight different traffic violations. He is behind bars in Cumberland County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Pennsylvania State Police Troopers were on regular traffic detail around 2:17pm, May 5th on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, near mile marker 210, Upper Mifflin Township in Cumberland County. Troopers say that they found a motorcycle traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed, which was eventually clocked at triple digit speeds.

As the PSP Corporal pulled out and attempted a traffic stop, the bike allegedly made multiple high speed lane changes and continued. The chase went from 210mm 226mm, with the motorcycle maintaining speeds of 100-120mph and passing vehicles in all three lanes, including the shoulder. Eventually exiting the Turnpike, that bike then pulled into a nearby McDonalds to attempt to elude officers, but continued onto US-11 northbound. After pulling onto Sunday Drive in Middlesex Township, Troopers finally took the driver of that motorcycle into custody.

The rider was identified by PSP as David Michael West. West has an active warrant out of Elkton for driving without a registration and on a suspended license, with other traffic violations being listed under his name in Maryland databases. He additionally has at least one guilty plea for running from an officer, which took place in 2013 with him pleading guilty in 2015. West remains behind bars in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and likely is awaiting extradition to Maryland.

Sources: PA24-585188, Docket Number: MJ-09302-CR-0000081-2024, Case Number: 07-K-14-000744