Dale Thaxton, of Lewes, was charged with a variety of offenses.
Delaware State Police arrested a Lewes man after he crashed his car into a pole and then fled the scene.
The incident occurred around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7. Dale Thaxton, 59, was driving a Kia Sorento on Camp Arrowhead Road, in the area of Angola Road, in Lewes, when he drove off the roadway and struck a utility pole. The crash caused damage to both the pole and the car, but the car was still operable. A state trooper arrived on scene shortly after the crash and, while standing in the road next to a fully marked patrol vehicle with emergency lights activated, attempted to get the operator to stop his vehicle. Thaxton drove directly at the trooper, who was able to move out of the way, and then continued into the Angola Neck Park community. The trooper pursued Thaxton to his residence, located in the 22000 block of Cypress Drive, where he parked his car and walked to the front door. A brief struggle ensued at the door, where the trooper attempted to take him into custody. Thaxton was able to make it into his residence, where he continued to resist the trooper until he was subdued by taser.
Thaxton was transported to Beebe Healthcare, where he was treated for minor injuries he sustained in the collision and released. He was then charged with third offense driving under the influence of alcohol (with previous offenses having occurred in 1990 and 1997), disregarding a police officer's signal, leaving the scene of a property damage collision, first-degree reckless endangering, resisting arrest with force, offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, and various other offenses. Thaxton was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $13,353 secured bond.
A photo of Thaxton was not immediately available.