Po­lice: Wanted man fled crash scene

Cecil Whig - - OBITUARIES & LOCAL - ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com By CARL HAMIL­TON

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.

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