State Police use stop sticks during vehicle pursuit on Route 1 by Dover

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Delaware State Police have arrested 32-year-old Darrin Swiggett of Smyrna, after they say he failed to stop for troopers for driving on the wrong side of Route 1 near Dover.

DOVER (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: A 9-1-1 Call about a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes on Route 1 led to the deployment of stop sticks by Delaware State Police early Friday morning.

Police say Troopers were dispatched to the busy highway after a 9-1-1 complaint about a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes.

Photo by DSP | Delaware State Police have arrested 32-year-old Darrin Swiggett of Smyrna, after they say he failed to stop for troopers for driving on the wrong side of Route 1 near Dover.

According to police, troopers located the vehicle approaching the S. Little Creek Road exit and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle in the northbound lanes of SR1, but the driver failed to stop.

Worried about a head-on collision and high risk of injury, stop sticks were authorized and deployed.

“Due to the high risk of serious injury, stop sticks were authorized and deployed by troopers in the area of Exit 88, Magnolia.,” Said Delaware State Police Spokeswoman Heather Pepper. “The vehicle came to stop shortly thereafter and the operator, 32-year-old Darrin Swiggett of Smyrna, was taken into custody without incident.”

Swiggett was transported to Troop 3 where he was charged with Disregarding a Police Officer Signal (Felony), Driving Under the Influence of a combination of Alcohol and Drugs, Reckless Driving, Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, Failure to Obey Traffic Device, and a Seatbelt Violation.

Swiggett’s arraignment is pending at this time.

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