New York man charged in high-speed chase from Eastern Shore to HRBT

Patrick Nilo Gil. (Credit: Virginia Beach Police Department).

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man from New York is facing several charges after police say he led officers on a high-speed chase Friday afternoon across Hampton Roads.

The chase started on the Eastern Shore across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, and ended in a multi-vehicle crash on the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.

Virginia Beach police identified the suspect arrested as 45-year-old Patrick Nilo Gil, of New York. He was arraigned in court Monday afternoon on charges of malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding, eluding police, reckless driving and failure to stop.

The chase began about 2:30 Friday afternoon, when police on the Eastern Shore say they clocked Gil going south at 87 mph on US 13. Gil says he was on his way to visit his sick father in Williamsburg. He gave a rambling speech at his arraignment until the judge told him to be quiet.

Police say Gil crashed the gate at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, crossed over into Virginia Beach, then led police down Northampton Blvd. and onto I-64. According to police, Gil crashed inside the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, ending a chase that lasted nearly an hour.

“I am not a troublemaker,” Gil said, although the judge says he has an extensive criminal record in New York City.

Gil was denied bond, and was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. He could face additional charges in the other jurisdictions involved in the chase.