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July 27, 2012

Mifflinburg Police: 115-mph chase triggers 15 charges

MIFFLINBURG — A 20-year-old Mifflinburg man who allegedly was driving without a license or insurance in a car bearing a license plate from a different vehicle panicked when a police cruiser pulled behind him at 2 a.m. July 19 and sped away, hitting 115 mph in a pursuit that ended with the officer giving up the chase.

Police tracked him down the next day.

Borough police said the incident began when an officer noticed a Volkswagen Jetta traveling at least twice the 25-mph speed limit on Chestnut Street. Police said the car turned onto Forest Hill Road and accelerated. The officer began to follow the vehicle, and in the area of Green Ridge Road, the officer turned on his emergency lights. The officer recognized the vehicle and realized that Krystopher Mabus was known to drive the car.

The officer got close enough to get the license plate, only to determine that the plate belonged to a different car, authorities said.

At one point, the officer said his cruiser was traveling 100 mph but he was only making modest gains on the Jetta. At Route 192, the Jetta allegedly blew through the stop sign, sending sparks into the air, as the vehicle continued onto Gast Road. The officer followed the car through a number of turns before losing sight of it on Col. John Kelly Road.

The officer backtracked to make sure the car had not crashed and then gave up the search.

He went to Mabus’ last known address where an occupant of the home said Mabus no longer lived there, but provided a cell phone number to communicate by text with Mabus.

The acquaintance sent Mabus a text asking: “What’s going on?”

Mabus allegedly replied: “Sitting at someone’s house letting (things) cool down.”

The officer then took the phone and sent a text identifying himself as a police officer and saying he would like to talk to Mabus.

The next day, Mabus went to the police station, and when questioned by police about how fast he had been going during the chase, Mabus allegedly estimated that his car hit 115 mph. Mabus allegedly told police that he obtained the license plate from a vehicle that had been disposed of for scrap.

Mifflinburg officers charged Mabus with a felony count of fleeing police, a misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering another person and 13 traffic violations.

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