PSP trooper hurt in high-speed chase, drug seizure

UNION TWP., Pa. - A man from the Ephrata area of Lancaster County has been arrested following a police chase that reached speeds as high as 125 miles per hour.

It ended with a Pennsylvania State Police cruiser damaged, a trooper injured, and hundreds of packets of heroin off the streets.

Gavin Heim, 23, was committed to the Lebanon County Prison on $250,000 bail, accused of leading state police on the high-speed chase and having heroin and other drugs.

"He admitted to having that stuff in the car," said PSP Trooper David Beohm, a public information officer for Reading-based Troop L.

The chase started Sunday morning on Interstate 78 in Lebanon County, when a trooper tried to stop a Mercedes with dark, tinted windows.

"He takes off immediately, so that raises your suspicions, because what kind of person, when they see a police car behind them, they are going to race off?" Beohm said.

State police said the chase sped down the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-78, eventually moving into Dauphin County and onto the northbound and southbound lanes of I-81.

Several troopers ended up jumping in on the chase, with one crashing his car and suffering minor injuries.

State police said the Mercedes took exit 77, and while attempting to turn into a neighborhood, the car got hung up on a concrete barrier on Royal Terrace Drive in Union Township, Lebanon County. They said Heim got out and ran, but didn't make it far.

In addition to nearly 250 packs of heroin, state police said they also found methamphetamine and marijuana.

"Having that many packets of heroin, that's not just for him," Beohm said. "He's selling it."

State police said they are thankful they made an arrest, but they know the job of cracking down on drugs isn't over.

"There's more people out there than you and I can probably," Beohm said.

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