VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A New York man who led officers on a chase from the Eastern Shore to Hampton last year will spend at least 10 years behind bars.
Patrick Nilo Gil previously pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted malicious wounding, eluding police-endangerment, reckless driving, and driving without a license.
Authorities said that police on the Eastern Shore initially tried to stop Gil for speeding on February 23, 2018.
According to Northampton County Sheriff David Doughty, Gil was going 87 miles per hour in Cheriton when members of the police department tried to pull Gil over. Cheriton police contacted Doughty's office when Gil did not stop. Attempts to bring his SUV to a halt with spike strips failed.
Officers and deputies followed Gil, who reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, onto the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) before breaking off their pursuit.
CBBT police made attempts to stop Gil before he reached Virginia Beach streets. Officers said he headed into Norfolk and onto Interstate 64. A spike strip put down at the mouth of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel eventually brought him to rest in the westbound tube of the HRBT.
"The car stopped, they broke all the windows, I put my hands up, that's it, I had no choice but to give up,” Gil told 13News Now in a jailhouse interview shortly after his arrest.
Gil's full sentence was for 15 years, plus 18 months, but with good behavior, he could be out in about 10 years.