Update – Newark Man Arrested After Fleeing, Jumping Into Christina River

New Castle –  At approximately 10:25 this morning, Delaware River and Bay Authority Police (DRBA) units pulled over a silver Hyundai Elantra with Delaware license plates on I-495NB near the ramp from I-295 SB for a suspended vehicle registration, according to DRBA Public Information Officer James Salmon.

Salmon said the operator of the vehicle, Christopher Russ, Jr., 23, of Newark, Delaware, stopped his vehicle, fled the scene, and jumped into the Christiana River. DRBA police requested the assistance of Delaware State Police K-9 units and Trooper 4 who responded to the scene.

Following a search of the area, the suspect was apprehended and charged with resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, and multiple traffic offenses. It was later determined that Mr. Russ had no insurance, was operating the vehicle with a suspended license, and had warrants issued for his arrest from other jurisdictions.

Breaking Report

New Castle – Just before 11:00 this morning, a suspect lead the Delaware River and Bay Authority Police (DRBA), along with Delaware State Police on a chase that ended with the suspect all wet.

Authorities attempted a traffic stop near the I-95 on ramp to I-495, when the driver reportedly fled from police on foot.

As authorities chased the suspect Trooper 4 (Delaware State Police Aviation Unit) and K9 units were dispatched.

As officers closed in the suspect jumped into the Christina River, according to reports.

Officers worked to apprehend the fleeing suspect but it’s unclear whether the officers entered the water or if the suspect exited  on their own.

The suspect was transported to the Delaware River and Bay Authority Police holding unit. Ambulance crews from Holloway Terrace Fire Company were summoned to treat someone, believed to be the suspect, for cold exposure.

Authorities have not released any charges at this time.