Police: Wanted man fled crash scene
RISING SUN — A wanted man remained in a Delaware hospital on Thursday, a day after he crashed his vehicle near Rising Sun and fled from the scene — leaving a blood trail and triggering a search that lasted approximately two hours, police reported.
The man resurfaced several hours later in the unit block of Sylmar Road, a few miles north of the crash scene, and he attracted the attention of residents and passing motorists, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
“We received calls about a suspicious person in that area,” said Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman, adding, “He was obviously injured from the crash, bad enough that he was taken from that location by ambulance to Christiana Hospital.”
Holmes declined to identify the man, explaining that the suspect had not been served official charging papers. At the time of the crash and his disappearance, the man was wanted by Maryland State Police and CCSO on outstanding warrants, one of which charges him with failure to appear for court, said Holmes, who did not know details about the other warrant.
The incident started about 1 a.m. Wednesday when patrolling CCSO Dfc. Bryan Rock saw a red car speeding on Joseph Biggs Highway near Rising Sun while he was traveling in the opposite direction, police said.
“Before (the deputy) could turn around and activate his emergency equipment, the car was gone,” Holmes said.
Rock located the car, wrecked and abandoned, near Rising Sun a short time later, police reported.
“The car had hit a curve on Pierce Road and then struck a large boulder and a shed on private property. The driver had left the scene of the accident. There was blood in the vehicle and in the area, indicating injury from the collision,” Holmes said.
Deputies and members of the Community Fire Co. of Rising Sun searched the area for the missing driver, using light towers and thermal imagers, police said. A Maryland State Police helicopter also was dispatched to conduct an aerial search, police added.
Holmes estimated that the search lasted a couple of hours, before it was suspended. Later on Wednesday morning, after people saw the injured man on Sylmar Road, police and paramedics arrived and an ambulance took him to Christiana Hospital, he reported.
An investigation is continuing to determine if the man fled the crash scene because of the outstanding warrants or if he left for some other reason.