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District Attorney Krasner Announces Charges Following Car Chase That Injured PA State Trooper

CONTACT: Jane Roh, 215–686–8711, jane.roh@phila.gov

PHILADELPHIA (May 21, 2020) — District Attorney Larry Krasner on Thursday announced charges against a repeat DUI offender after she fled a traffic stop and drove recklessly through residential neighborhoods, ultimately causing injury to a Pennsylvania State Trooper pursuing by motorcycle.

Gabrielle Finch (DOB: 10/31/1983) of Bucks County has been charged with Aggravated Assault (F2), Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Injury (F3), Fleeing Police (M2), Simple Assault (M2), and related charges for her role in the May 16th incident in the East Falls section of the city, during which she fled and led a chase after Trooper Jarrett Harvey attempted to pull her over for a traffic violation. Parts of the high-speed chase, during which Finch ran past stop signs, were captured on multiple surveillance cameras. The chase ultimately ended with Finch’s vehicle being struck and Trooper Harvey being thrown off his motorcycle, resulting in a severe concussion.

“This defendant’s actions are extremely serious and have endangered the life of Trooper Jarrett Harvey, who was very seriously injured,” District Attorney Krasner said. “I wish Trooper Harvey a speedy and full recovery, and send heartfelt thanks on behalf of Philadelphians for the risk and harm he endured to prevent what could have been a catastrophe for others who were in the path of Finch’s vehicle.”

Finch has an open DUI case from Monroe County, Pa., and was convicted in 2019 for fleeing police in Bucks County. In 2002, Finch was convicted of DUI in Philadelphia.

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