Police: Man intentionally caused Elkton-area crash
Led police on car chase
— A man remained jailed Sunday after investigators filed numerous criminal charges against him – alleging that he deliberately crashed his car into a road construction truck in an Elkton-area intersection last month amid a protracted police chase, according to Cecil County District Court records.
intentional crash at the intersection of Route 279 and Blue Ball Road occurred about 3 p.m. on June 28 and sent five people to the hospital, including the suspect, Darryl Stephon Porter, 25, of Newark, N.J., police reported.
A Maryland State Police helicopter flew one of the victims to University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore, while ambulances transported Porter and the other three injured people to Christiana Hospital in Delaware, police said, adding that all of have since been discharged.
Police captured Porter near the crash scene, moments after he allegedly escaped from his mangled Toyota Acura and then ran away, according to court records, which indicate that Porter cut his hands when he “broke out the glass to flee” from his wrecked car before running.
Troopers handcuffed Porter, whose hands were wrapped in white bandages after receiving initial medical treatment, and then escorted him to a gurney, which emergency workers
used to wheel him to a nearby ambulance.
Porter now faces four first-degree assault charges — one relating to each worker injured on that construction truck – in addition to disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order, according to court records released late Thursday.
Scheduled for an Aug. 8 preliminary hearing, Porter remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bond on Sunday.
The incident started about 2:30 p.m. on June 28 when MSP Sgt. C. M. Connor stopped Porter in the northbound lane of Interstate 95 near North East for speeding – 76 mph in a 65 mph zone – unsafe lane change and following too closely, police said.
As Connor walked from his cruiser to Porter’s car, after both drivers had pulled over onto the northbound shoulder, Porter sped away and continued north, prompting Connor to get back in his patrol car and pursue him.
The northbound chase had covered about eight miles when Porter turned onto the Elkton exit and headed south on Route 279, before making “an abrupt left turn” onto North Bridge Street and then a similar right turn onto Elkton Boulevard ( Route 545), according to court records. Elkton Boulevard runs by the Cecil County Public Schools multi- purpose center and Terumo Medical Corporation.
Several seconds later, the crash occurred near the Blue Ball Road side of the Route 279 intersection.
“The suspect continued until he ran the steady traffic signal at Elkton-Newark Road (Md. 279) and intentionally collided with an Allan Myers Construction Company Freightliner truck in the process of cleaning up a construction scene,” Connor wrote in his statement of probable cause.
Connor, who estimated in court records that he couldn’t get any closer to the suspect vehicle than three-tenths of a mile, reported that the driver, a front-seat passenger and two men riding on the “stake body bed” of that truck were injured.
The truck rolled onto its driver’s side, pinning the Acura against a guardrail, police said. The two men riding on the back were “ejected and struck by signs and other equipment which was propelled from the truck,” police added.
Porter fled from the scene, but troopers captured him a short distance away, police reported.
“During his arrest, the suspect, Porter, caused a scene and was yelling and cursing at troopers, rescue personnel and bystanders. He was repeatedly told to calm down. Porter later made utterances that he has run from law enforcement on numerous occasions and was never truly pursued,” court records allege.
As of Sunday, information regarding why Porter allegedly fled from police during the traffic stop was unavailable.
A Maryland State Police trooper escorts the handcuffed suspect, Darryl Stephon Porter, 25, of Newark, N.J., after the June 28 crash near Elkton.
Police and emergency workers prepare to wheel the injured suspect, Darryl Stephon Porter, 25, to a nearby ambulance after the June 28 crash near Elkton.
A road crew worker examines the mangled truck and car.