Chase on I-83 reached speeds of 120 mph, police say

A Maryland man was arrested after a 20-minute high-speed chase that began on Interstate 83 in York County early Friday and reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, police said.

Bernard Johnson, 51, of Baltimore, was behind the wheel of a Chrysler minivan that was weaving in the southbound lanes near mile marker 14 just after 1 a.m., according to state police.

Troopers attempted to stop Johnson after they ran the registration on the minivan and discovered the plates were reported stolen, but he fled at speeds that reached up to 120 miles per hour, according to state police spokesman Trooper Robert Hicks.

Hicks said the troopers used spike strips to slow Johnson, but he continued to travel at approximately 80 miles per hour after his front tire struck the spike strip.

Johnson continued into Maryland and attempted to exit I-83 Cockeysville, where he lost control in a curve and overturned the minivan as he crashed into an embankment, Hicks said.

Johnson, who was alone in the minivan, ran from troopers after the crash but was eventually taken into custody and charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding, and DUI, police said.

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