Millsboro- The Delaware State Police have arrested a 14-year-old male from Washington, DC after he led them on a pursuit in a stolen motor vehicle and crashed into a Delaware State Trooper patrol vehicle, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.
Jaffe said the incident occurred on July 8, 2020, at approximately 4:19 p.m., when a 2013 Honda Civic was traveling northbound on Sussex Highway (US 13), north of SR 16, Greenwood. Troopers received information that the Civic had just been reported stolen from the gas pumps at the Uncle Willies gas station located on DuPont Boulevard and Hardscrabble Road in Millsboro.
Troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop when the operator failed to stop and continued to flee from police while driving in a reckless manner and committing numerous traffic violations. During this incident, another Trooper was stationary in a median crossover just north of the pursuit, in an unmarked Chevrolet Tahoe with its emergency lights activated. The driver of the Civic swerve his vehicle and lost control. The Civic exited the lane of travel and into the median crossover, striking the rear of the Tahoe with its front end.
The driver then took off on foot across southbound US 13 when he was subsequently taken into custody. The Trooper sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local area hospital for precautionary measures and released.
The 14-year-old juvenile was transported to the Sussex Bayhealth Hospital where he was treated with non-life-threatening injures. Upon his release from the hospital, he was transported back to Troop 4 where he was charged with the following:
Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
Reckless Endanger First Degree (Felony)
Theft of a Motor Vehicle (Felony)
Resisting Arrest with Force or Violence (Felony)
Disregarding a Police Officer Signal (Felony)
Leaving the Scene of a Collision Resulting in Injury
Driving Without a Valid License
Speeding in Excess of 55 MPH
Other traffic related offenses
The juvenile was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and released on $35200.00 unsecured bond.