Stolen truck crashes into vehicle during Police chase Sunday morning

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Troopers caught up to the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop but the operator failed to pull over and continued traveling on US 113.

ELLENDALE (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Delaware State Police say they have arrested Demetrius Wright, 29, of Dover, Sunday morning after they say he fled from troopers in a stolen truck and crashed into another vehicle.

According to police, on January 23, 2022, at approximately 7:25 a.m., troopers responded to southbound Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway (SR 1) for a reported stolen vehicle located traveling on the roadway. Police say the suspect vehicle, a red Dodge RAM 1500 was reported stolen out of the City of Dover and was traveling southbound in the area of I.G. Burton, north of Milford.

Troopers caught up to the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop but the operator failed to pull over and continued traveling on US 113. The operator then accelerated as the Dodge continued to travel south through multiple intersections. At one point Troopers attempted to deploy stop sticks in the area of Rt. 16, Ellendale, but the truck swerved to avoid them and entered the right shoulder, striking the rear of a 2020 Dodge work van operated by a 43-year-old Bridgeton, NJ man.  Police say the van had pulled over on the shoulder to allow police to pass.

After the collision, the driver of the Dodge RAM, identified as Demetrius Wright, exited through the right rear passenger door and was taken into custody, police said. He was transported to a nearby hospital by EMS, where he was medically cleared.

Police say the investigation determined Wright was driving the stolen truck under the influence of drugs.  

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Police Photo | Demetrius Wright

As for the operator of the Dodge work van that had pulled over before the collision to allow police to pass, EMS transported him to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. 

A 48-year-old Bridgeton, NJ man was seated in the front right passenger seat. He was also transported by EMS to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. 

Demetrius Wright was transported to Delaware State Police Troop 3 and charged with Disregarding a Police Officer Signal (Felony), Driving While Suspended, Reckless Driving, Aggressive Driving, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, (Two Counts) Speeding in Excess of Posted Limit, Failure to Stop at Red Light, Speeding in Excess of 50mph on 2 Lane Road, (Two Counts) Speeding in Excess of 55mph on Divided Roadway, and Failed to Remain Within a Single Lane

Wright was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $2,470.00 secured bond.

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