Police: Suspect That Crashed Into Home Causing Fire In Custody

Harrington- On Monday, October 19, 2020, the Harrington Police Department arrested Michael A. Robinson 19, of Millsboro after he fled from police and crashed into a house causing the vehicle and the house to catch on fire.

On Sunday, October 18, 2020, at approximately 10:28 pm an Officer from the Harrington Police Department was conducting traffic enforcement on South DuPont Hwy. in the area of Corn Crib Road. The officer observed a vehicle traveling in excess of 100 MPH on South DuPont Hwy. The officer, who was operating a fully marked dodge charger activated the vehicle’s emergency equipment and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle failed to stop and fled from police.


An officer from the Felton Police Department deployed Stop Sticks on South DuPont Hwy. in the area of Killens Pond Road flattening the vehicle’s tires. The vehicle failed to stop and turned eastbound on Midstate towards Frederica still driving at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner and turning off the vehicle’s lights.

After entering the town of Frederica the vehicle left the roadway in the area of the 100 Block of Front Street and struck a house causing the vehicle and the house to become engulfed in flames.

Police immediately requested emergency services and the fire company and began removing the occupants from the vehicle. The driver, identified as Robinson, and two adult female passengers were removed from the vehicle. There were also several occupants of the house that were able to get out of the residence. The two female passengers of the vehicle and one adult male from the residence were transported by ambulances to local hospitals for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

Robinson was taken from the scene and transported to the Harrington Police Department for processing. While at the Harrington Police Department he was evaluated by EMS but refused transport to the hospital.

The two females in the vehicle were not charged. Robinson was processed and arraigned via video phone at Justice of the Peace Court 7. He was charged with Assault Second Degree, Reckless Endangering First Degree (8 counts), Disregarding a Police Officer Signal, Vehicular Assault First Degree, Vehicular Assault Third Degree, and several other traffic violations. He was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute in default of $16,605 secured bond. The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office assisted with the investigation.

Officials have not released the details of the fire our injuries suffered by the home’s occupants.

Breaking Report

Frederica – Just after 10:30 last evening firefighters from the Frederica Volunteer Fire Company along with crews from the Felton Community Fire Company and Carlisle Fire Company responded to the 100 block of W Front Street for reports of a house fire.

Upon arrival, crews reported that the home was fully involved.

Early reports from the scene indicate that the home was struck by a vehicle involved in a police chase.

Reports from the scene also indicate that one occupant of the home was thrown from the home when the vehicle struck his recliner. That has not been confirmed by police.

We are waiting for official statements from several agencies involved in the investigation.

Tipster’s comment
“Police chase from Harrington ends in Frederica on Front street with the suspect crashing into a house. House and vehicle burst into flames. Police and suspect brawl in the street.”


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