LEWES — Four people suffered minor injuries and a 19-year-old Milford man was arrested after his vehicle crashed while fleeing from police Tuesday, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Heather Pepper said.
At approximately 9:02 a.m., after troopers attempted to stop him for a speeding violation, Jonathan L. Tibe fled in a Dodge Charger at a high rate of speed south on Del. 1, she said.
Subsequently, the Charger struck a Toyota Scion stopped in a turn lane at Wescoats Road, police said. After the rear impact, the Scion was forced over a small concrete curb before coming to rest in the middle of the northbound lanes of Del. 1.
The Charger then struck the rear of a Jeep Comanche, which was pushed into the left rear of a Nissan Xterra. That impact caused the Xterra to strike the left rear of a Ford Escape. The Charger then came to rest against the left front of the Xterra.
Mr. Tibe, who was not wearing a seat belt, was uninjured. He resisted arrest, refusing to comply with troopers’ commands, Cpl. Pepper said, and a DUI investigation commenced after Mr. Tibe showed signs of impairment.
A vehicle search of the Charger yielded approximately 0.5 grams of marijuana, she added.
Mr. Tibe was transported to DSP Troop 7, Lewes. Charges against him included possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, disregarding a police officer’s signal, first-degree reckless endangering, second-degree vehicular assault (four counts), resisting arrest, driving under the influence of drugs, possession of marijuana (civil violation) and multiple traffic violations.
Following an arraignment at Justice of the Peace Court 3, Mr. Tibe was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution, Georgetown, on a $74,000 cash bond.
The 36-year-old Millsboro man driving the Scion and the 75-year-old Millsboro man operating the Xterra were both transported to a local hospital, where they were treated and released.
The 29-year-old Millsboro woman driving the Comanche refused treatment at the scene.
The 35-year-old Seaford woman driving the Escape was transported to an area hospital via private vehicle, treated and released.
The intersection of Del. 1 and Wescoats Road was closed for approximately two hours, while the investigation was conducted, Cpl. Pepper said.