PSP: Wanted York man spurs 110 mph police chase

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York City man who allegedly spurred a police chase that reached speeds of about 110 mph was wanted on two warrants at the time and has a dozen traffic violations under his belt for driving with a suspended license, according to state police.

Mario R. Toro-Cotte, 43, of the 300 block of South George Street, remains free on $5,000 unsecured bail, charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, flight to avoid apprehension and a number of summary traffic offenses, including driving with a suspended license, driving without registration or insurance, speeding, running stop signs and reckless driving.

Mario Toro-Cotte

A message left on his home phone wasn't immediately answered  Thursday, Sept. 6. It's unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

State police Cpl. Brian Torkar spotted Toro-Cotte riding a motorcycle northbound on Interstate 83 near the Queen Street exit (Exit 16) about 5:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, and noticed the bike's license plate had been bent upward so he couldn't read it, charging documents state.

Torkar eventually was able to see the number and determine that PennDOT had no record of it, police said.

110 mph? The corporal tried to pull Toro-Cotte over , but the man — who wasn't wearing a helmet — took off northbound at a high rate of speed, according to charging documents.

Torkar wrote in charging documents that his cruiser was going 109 mph at one point during the chase, but that Toro-Cotte's motorcycle was still pulling away from him.

Eventually, traffic forced Toro-Cotte to slow down, allowing Torkar to catch up, which is when the chase moved from I-83 onto Route 30 eastbound, police said.

At the bottom of the exit ramp, Toro-Cotte cut through grass and ended up going westbound on Route 30, police said.

"I lost sight of him and discontinued the pursuit," Torkar wrote.

But after Torkar turned onto North Sherman Street, he again spotted Toro-Cotte and the chase resumed, documents allege.

Ditched bike: Toro-Cotte fled down Chestnut Street in York City and eventually made his way to Broad Street, running six stop signs and two red lights in the process, according to police.

He went the wrong way on the one-way East King Street and ditched the motorcycle on Newton Avenue, documents state.

He ran from the scene on foot, but responding York City officers arrested him two blocks away, state police said.

Torkar wrote in documents that Toro-Cotte's license is suspended for a DUI conviction, that he has 12 prior violations for driving on a suspended license and that he had two outstanding warrants at the time of the pursuit.

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