Early Morning Police Chase on Route 6

A driver took police on a chase on Route 6 at speeds over 100 mph early this morning.

Troopers say the chase started at about 3:50 a.m. near the intersection with Route 449 in Potter County when they tried to stop a vehicle that was going 97 in a 55 mph zone. The vehicle sped up to more than 100, and the pursuit went for 12.3 miles until the vehicle went out of control near the intersection with Route 349 in the Village of Gaines.

The vehicle hit two SUVs parked in front of Gaines Garage, ran over road signs and hit a tree, rolled onto its roof and then slid for about 30 yards before stopping.

The driver, 22-year-old Sheldon Robinson of Schwenksville, and one passenger, 18-year-old Lyndsey Eckman of Schwenksville, were taken by Galeton ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro. Robinson was later taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. They have both been released.

Goodyear Hose Company of Galeton provided assistance and traffic control.

A second passenger, 22-year-old Eric Newman of Schwenksville, ran from police after the crash and has not been found yet. Police are continuing their investigation and say charges are forthcoming.

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