On August 3, 2021, at about 0119 hours, Newark Police responded to the 500 block of North Country Club Drive for a report of a crash according to Lt. Andrew Rubin.
Rubin said arriving officers found a 2013 Jeep Cherokee on its side on the front lawn of a residence on North Country Club Drive. Officers found that there were four occupants in the vehicle and all were trapped. Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company of Newark responded to the scene and extricated all four occupants, two of whom were unconscious. They were treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics.
One of the rear seat passengers was transported by a Delaware State Police helicopter to an area hospital. The three other occupants were transported to an area hospital by ambulance. The two rear-seat passengers were admitted in critical condition. The driver, 24-year-old Chase Lynch, and a female passenger were admitted in serious condition. All three passengers are in their early 20’s.
Rubin said an initial investigation found that the Jeep was westbound on Country Club Drive. The Jeep failed to negotiate the turn at Windsor Drive and drove up a grass embankment, overturned and struck a tree. Both impairment and speed are believed to be factors in this crash said Rubin.
On August 11, 2021, Lynch, of Newark, turned himself into Newark Police to face charges, according to Rubin.
Lynch was charged with Assault First Degree (3 counts), Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Speeding, and Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign.
Lynch appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video and was released on $60,650 unsecured bail.
Two of the passengers remain in an area hospital in critical condition.