Police: Driver Takes Out Three State Police Tahoes Overnight

Delaware State Police investigated a personal injury accident that occurred late last night involving three parked Delaware State Police vehicles being struck, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Heather Pepper.

Pepper said on June 2, 2021, at approximately 10:44 p.m., three Delaware State Troopers responded to a residence on Harbeson Road in Harbeson for a burglary in progress. A fully marked Delaware State Police 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe occupied by a Delaware State Trooper assigned to Troop 7 was parked on the east edge of Harbeson Road in a private driveway located in the 21000 block of Harbeson Road, facing east.

An unmarked and unoccupied Delaware State Police 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe was parked on the northbound shoulder facing north, slightly behind the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe with no emergency equipment activated. A Delaware State Police fully marked and unoccupied 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe was parking on the northbound shoulder facing north on Harbeson Road, behind the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe with the rear emergency equipment activated.

A 2000 Chrysler LHS passenger vehicle, operated by a 62-year-old Lewes man, was traveling northbound on Harbeson Road, approaching all three parked Delaware State Police vehicles. For unknown reasons, the driver drifted off the east edge of the roadway, causing the Chrysler to impact the rear of the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe. As a result of the initial impact, the front of the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe struck the back of the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe. The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe was then forced into the right side of the occupied 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The Delaware State Trooper occupying the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe was not injured in the collision.

The 62-year-old male from Lewes was transported by ambulance to an area hospital and admitted with non-life-threatening injuries. He was charged with Inattentive Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Expired Registration.

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