Women In Critical After Fleeing Suspect Strikes Her With SUV

Erick Wyatte

Dover – The Dover Police Department arrested 30-year-old Erick Wyatte for vehicular assault, domestic related charges, and numerous traffic offenses on Thursday morning, according to M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer for the Dovr Police Department.

Hoffman said that the incident began when officers were responding to White Oak Condos at approximately 9:50 a.m. for reports that Wyatte was at his ex-girlfriends residence beating on her vehicle. The female victim has an active No Contact Order against Wyatte, which was issued in January by the Delaware Superior Court, said Hoffman.

As officers arrived in the area, they observed Wyatte fleeing in a green Ford Explorer, according to Hoffman. As officers turned their vehicles to initiate a stop, Wyatte fled westbound on White Oak Road.

Wyatte, struck a 71-year-old woman in the intersection of White Oak Road and N. DuPont Highway and proceeded to flee northbound at a high rate of speed on N. DuPont Highway, according to Hoffman. Wyatte then turned into the Towne Point Neighborhood striking a parked Cadillac in the 500 Block of Nimitz Road, added Hoffman.

Wyatte soon lost control of his vehicle, causing it to flip over. Wyatte was taken into custody and treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries. The 71-year-old woman remains hospitalized in critical condition as a result of her injuries after being struck by Wyatte, said Hoffman.

Hoffman said that investigating officers determined that Wyatte was under the influence of a drug, but are awaiting results of blood tests to determine the specific substance involved.

Wyatte was charged with Vehicular Assault 1st Degree, Driving Under the Influence (Drugs), Breach of Release (No Contact Order), Driving While Suspended/Revoked, Leaving the Scene of Injury Accident, Failure to Report Accident Resulting in Injury or Death and Various traffic offenses. He was committed to JTVCC in default of $22,000 cash bond.

Image Credits: Dover Police

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