The Delaware State Police Aviation Unit arrested a 31-year-old Milford man after he fled from the scene of an automobile crash on Monday.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. on Monday, May 15, when a male subject was observed by witnesses operating a 2010 Toyota Corolla eastbound on Seashore Highway (Route 18/404) approaching Coverdale Road. The Corolla was passing vehicles on the right shoulder when it traveled off the south side of the road and struck a ditch. The car then overturned multiple times before coming to a stop after striking a tree. The operator and lone occupant was then seen exiting the vehicle and fleeing southbound on foot through a wooded area and into a field.
Trooper 2 was flying in the area due to a pursuit that had been initiated by Milton Police Department with the Toyota Corolla but had been discontinued by the pursuing officers just five minutes earlier. The helicopter crew was informed of the crash and located the operator running through an open field. The trooper pilot was able to lower the aircraft into a position to block the suspect's egress and the trooper medic was able to expeditiously exit the helicopter and place the subject on the ground before the two person crew handcuffed him and took him into custody without further incident.
The operator, who was identified as 31-year-old Steven D. Martin of Milford, was turned over to the Milton Police Department to face charges stemming from their pursuit. He was also charged by state troopers for reckless driving, failure to have insurance in possession and passing on the right. He was arraigned on those charges and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $350 secured bond.