Police: Man ate pot, waved to police during 10-mile chase

Christopher Dornblaser

Police say a man wanted on two warrants waved to a state trooper and ate marijuana while leading officers on a 10-mile chase Sunday afternoon.

James Anthony Gore, 44, of no fixed address, is charged with attempting to elude police, DUI, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, flight to avoid apprehension and more than 20 summary traffic charges, according to charging documents.

State police say around 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Gore was seen driving southbound on Interstate 83 in Conewago Township when the trooper checked Gore's registration and saw there were two warrants out for him. The wanted person listing also showed Gore was considered an escape risk and had violent tendencies, according to police.

The trooper turned on his emergency lights and sirens and followed Gore, who did not stop, leading the trooper and other officers on a 10-mile chase. Gore wasn't stopped until a police roadblock was set up on mile marker 18 on I-83 in Springettsbury Township, where police say Gore's breath smelled of marijuana and he resisted arrest before he was taken to central booking for arraignment.

The pursuit: Throughout the chase, police say Gore was driving erratically, reaching speeds of 60 mph.

"On numerous occasions Gore swerved outside his lane of travel, and on two occasions he drove on the berm of the interstate," documents state.

Twice during the chase, troopers placed spike strips in front of Gore's vehicle, but he was able to swerve around them on both occasions, police said.

At one point a trooper pulled alongside Gore, telling him to stop, which caused Gore to roll his window down and wave at him, police said.

Four police cars were used to stop Gore, and three were damaged as he was brought to a stop, according to documents.

Once he was stopped, Gore did not listen to police when they told him to leave his vehicle, and police had to use force to remove him from the car, according to documents. Police say they used a Taser on him but it had little effect. Gore struggled with police and resisted arrest until they had to use more force to handcuff him, documents state.

There was a 45-year-old woman in Gore's car, but documents do not state whether or not she was charged in the incident.

While in police custody, police say Gore had erratic behavior and his breath smelled like marijuana, leading police to believe Gore was eating marijuana during the chase. He also had bloodshot eyes and rapid eyelid tremors, documents state.

He was taken to central booking, where he refused to provide a blood sample.

Gore remains in York County Prison in lieu of $7,500 bail.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com.