Woodside – The Delaware State Police have arrested a Hartly man after he crashed into another vehicle and fled the scene, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier.
Fournier said the incident occurred around 9:00 a.m. Friday August 11, 2017 as Shawn R. Shane, 37, was operating a 1999 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck westbound on Walnut Shade Road stopped in the road just east of South DuPont Highway (US13). A 53-year-old Magnolia man, operating a 2004 Buick SUV, saw the truck parked in the roadway and noticed it wasn’t moving with the traffic. He then drove around the truck and parked in front as he noticed the operator passed out at the wheel, according to Hale. When the 53-year-old male knocked on the window of the truck, the male operator who was later identified as Shane, woke up and accelerated into the back of the Buick, said Hale. The Buick driver was not injured.
A 9-1-1 call was placed by the 53-year-old male about the collision and EMS and troopers were dispatched to the scene. EMS personnel arrived at the scene first and attempted to remove Shane from the driver’s seat, but he placed his vehicle in drive and drove away almost striking one of the EMTs and dragging the other. Neither of the EMTs were injured.
Troopers were able to locate the truck about a mile north of the initial scene on US 13 northbound near Longacre Drive, but the driver had fled on foot through the development and was not located, said Hale. Information inside the vehicle identified Shawn Shane as the driver.
Later that day around 2:00 p.m., Shane turned himself into troopers at Troop 3 near Camden and was charged with Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (the Truck), Reckless Endangering 1st, Reckless Endangering 2nd, Carrying a Concealed Dangerous Instrument (Knife located in vehicle), Resisting Arrest, Possession of Marijuana (2.12 grams located in vehicle), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Collision, Driving While Suspended or Revoked, Failure to Have Insurance in Possession, Failure to Provide Information at a Collision Scene, Inattentive Driving, and No Person Shall Stop, Park or Leave Standing any Vehicle Upon a Roadway. He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $8,153.00 secured bond.
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