Cops say test rider pulled gun on escort, but crashed after fleeing

Publish Date: 
Aug 5, 2013

WILMINGTON, Del. – Delaware State Police have arrested a 22-year-old Virginia man who allegedly pulled a gun on a  test-drive escort in Philadelphia to steal a motorcycle he then crashed a short time later.

A preliminary investigation determined the incident began that morning at a Philadelphia automobile business, where the man made arrangements to test ride a Suzuki motorcycle, Sgt. Paul G. Shavack told the Delaware News-Journal. The dealer arranged for another person to escort the test rider on a second bike. When the two stopped for gas, the escort felt uncomfortable about the test ride and asked for the keys, Shavack said. The test rider allegedly pointed a handgun at the escort and fled o the bike onto I-95 southbound at a high speed. The escort gave chase, Shavack said.

When Harris tried to get on to the Delaware Avenue off ramp, he lost control of the motorcycle, hit a guardrail and was ejected, Shavack said. He added that Harris fled on foot and tossed the gun, but was found and was taken into custody without incident by the Wilmington Police Department. Authorities found semiautomatic handgun and two loaded, 16-round ammunition clips.

The suspect, of Norfolk, was admitted to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He faces the following charges: possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, receiving stolen property, tampering with physical evidence, reckless driving and driving without a valid license. 

Posted by Holly Wagner