Former Hammonton man jailed after being clocked driving 146 mph in Mullica Township

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Though the Indianapolis 500 doesn’t race until Memorial Day weekend, it didn’t stop a former Hammonton man from reaching Indy-like speeds on the “speedway” section of the White Horse Pike, according to Mullica Township police.

Robert F. Gibase, 51, of Covington, Louisiana, was arrested around 4 a.m. Friday, April 18 after a pair of Mullica Township police officers driving in separate patrol cars clocked Gibase driving at 146 mph.

Corporal Jake O’Hara and Patrolman Mike Jamerson clocked Gibase traveling west on Route 30 near Darmstadt Avenue when he approached from behind.

Gibase, who was operating a 2012 Cadillac CTS, passed the officers and continued west in an area that has a 55-mph speed limit. The section is often called the “speedway” by locals because drivers tend to speed through the sparsely populated section of highway.

The officers attempted to stop Gibase, but terminated the pursuit when they determined Gibase wasn’t going to stop for them, Mullica Township police said.

O’Hara and Jamerson were able to get the vehicle’s registration number as it sped off into the darkness.

Gibase was arrested after an investigation by Hammonton police.

Police charged Gibase with eluding in the third degree and related traffic offenses.

He is being held at the Atlantic County jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail.

“This event could have easily turned tragic for anyone that encountered the vehicle including the accused,” Mullica Township police said on a Facebook post. “It is fortunate that no innocent person was injured or affected by the actions of the accused.”

 

 


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