Cops: Derry Township man drove 110 mph past state police patrol car
A Derry Township man was clocked driving more than 100 mph after passing a state trooper in a marked patrol car early Sunday along rural Route 217, according to police.
Mark J. Wherry, 58, was arrested a short time later at his home along Tannery Hollow Road, where troopers tracked him after he fled an attempted traffic stop in a 2002 Chevrolet Tracker. Wherry was arraigned on multiple charges, including fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest, driving 65 mph faster than the posted 45 mph speed limit and careless driving.
Cpl. Matthew Eicher reported in court documents that he used a certified speed gun for a half mile to clock Wherry driving 110 mph just after Wherry passed his patrol car northbound near Torrance at 12:22 a.m. Eicher said he attempted to pull Wherry over at the Gray Station Road intersection after he missed the turn, but Wherry fled the scene.
Eicher reported he noticed Wherry wearing a fedora hat and glasses as he approached the intersection with emergency lights and siren activated, but “(Wherry) disobeyed my verbal commands and fled east on Gray Station Road.”
After reviewing his dashboard video and obtaining Wherry’s license plate number, Eicher said he tracked Wherry to his mobile home, “where he was laying on the couch inside the trailer … with his fedora hat laying next to him.”
Eicher said he asked a female occupant in the house to wake up Wherry, “who was passed out,” for questioning.
Eicher said Wherry smelled of alcohol and had trouble maintaining his balance as he was questioned outside the trailer near his damaged vehicle.
“Wherry related that he arrived home a short time earlier from a family picnic and admitted having some alcoholic beverages at the picnic. Wherry then became very aggressive with his language and attempted to return inside his mobile home,” Eicher said.
Eicher reported when he tried to place Wherry in handcuffs, he resisted arrest. Two other troopers called to assist had to help restrain Wherry, according to court records.
Police performed a breath test on Wherry at the scene. Police said the reading was .178%, more than twice the legal limit to drive in Pennsylvania.
Wherry was arraigned before Export District Judge Charles R. Conway and released on $125,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 21 before Derry District Judge Mark Bilik. Wherry could not be reached for comment. He did not have an attorney listed in court documents.
Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter .