(Milford, Del) - Delaware State Police have arrested a Dover man after he led them on a pursuit throughout Kent County.
It happened just before 1 Wednesday morning September 13, 2017, as a trooper on patrol in the Camden area saw a vehicle without the headlight on. The trooper turned around in order to conduct a traffic stop when the vehicle began northbound on Main Street in Camden, and upon reaching South DuPont Highway (US13), continued northbound in the southbound lanes. The vehicle then made a U-turn through the center median and briefly began traveling southbound in the northbound lanes before crossing back into the southbound lanes. The vehicle, which was later determined to be a black 2011 Lincoln MKZ, continued southbound into Harrington and then turned eastbound on Milford-Harrington Highway and into Milford where it eventually drove northbound on North DuPont Boulevard. Officers from Milford Police assisted with the pursuit by deploying stop sticks which eventually brought the SUV to a stop when it pulled into the Travellers Inn in Milford. Upon coming to a stop, the suspect continued to attempt to flee by placing the Lincoln in reverse and running into a state police patrol vehicle that was assisting with the capture.
Gary L. Ward, 18 of Dover, was taken into custody after a brief struggle and transported back to Troop 3 in Camden. He was charged with two counts of Failure to Stop at the Command of a Police Officer, Reckless Endangering 2nd, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Driving, Driving without a Valid License, and multiple other traffic related offenses. He was also arrested by Dover Police Department for Theft of a Motor Vehicle after it was determined the vehicle Ward was operating was reported stolen earlier that evening in their jurisdiction. Ward was arraigned at JP7 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $2,018.00 secured bond.