CHERITON, Va. (Delmarva Now) -- A driver who led police on a high-speed chase Friday that started in Northampton County and continued to the Hampton Road Bridge-Tunnel was charged with several crimes in Northampton County.
Patrick Nilo Gil, 45, of New York City, was charged with five counts of reckless driving, general; one count of reckless driving by speed; one count of failing to signal; one count of aggressive driving; one count of passing a vehicle on the right side of the highway; and one count of driving with no operator's license, according to Northampton County Sheriff David L. Doughty Jr.
The offenses occurred in Northampton County between the Cheriton town limits and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Doughty said.
Two Northampton County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars were involved in the chase, after Cheriton Police Chief Marc Marshall clocked Gil's vehicle going 87 miles per hour and tried to make a traffic stop, police said.
Marshall contacted the sheriff's office when Gil did not stop, according to WVEC.
The chase after Gil, driving a silver Mercedes SUV, began in Northampton County and made its way across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel at about 3 p.m. on Feb. 23. The pursuit then went onto Interstate 64 and into rush hour traffic.
The vehicle reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, according to police.
Doughty said he stopped the pursuit by Northampton officers for the safety of the public and officers on the CBBT at 2:46 p.m.
A spike strip put down at the mouth of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel eventually brought Gil's vehicle to a stop in the westbound tube of the bridge-tunnel.
He also faces charges in Virginia Beach, including reckless driving, eluding police and two counts of felonious assault.
Gil appeared in court Monday in Virginia Beach and was denied bond.
According to the New York State Department of Corrections, Gil served time at the maximum security Auburn Correctional Facility in New York from October 1998 to April 2003, after he was convicted of burglary, according to WVEC.
After that, Gil went to Sing Sing prison in New York in 2006, where he served time for a robbery charge. He was released in 2012.
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