Delaware State Police

Troopers Investigate Single Vehicle Crash

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Bear- Delaware State Police investigated a single vehicle crash which injured one person that occurred this morning.

The investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 10:17 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, as Autumn L. Fisher, 23, of Dover, was operating a 2005 Honda Accord and was traveling in a northbound direction on SR1 approximately .5 miles north of US Rt. 40. For an unknown reason, Fisher lost control of her vehicle, which then veered to the left and exited the roadway. It then struck a guardrail and began spinning in a counterclockwise direction back onto the roadway. Fisher, who was not properly restrained at the time of the crash, was ejected from her vehicle through the passenger side window. She was then thrown to the ground and came to rest just east of the roadway.

Fisher was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics. She was then transported by ambulance to the Christiana Medical Center where she was treated for her non-life threatening injuries. Fisher was cited by troopers for Failure to Maintain a Lane of Travel.

Northbound SR1 was closed for approximately one hour as the crash was investigated and cleared.

Released: 053117 1530

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Troopers Arrest Man for Impersonating an Officer

Joseph Dooley
Joseph Dooley

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Bear- Delaware State Police have arrested a Bear man after he impersonated a New Castle County police officer during an incident which occurred at a Bear restaurant late last week.

The investigation determined that the incident occurred at approximaltey 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017, after a female customer parked her vehicle adjacent to the Seasons Pizza Restaurant, located at 1460 Pulaski Highway. As the customer entered the restaurant, she was confronted by a male subject, later identified as Joseph P. Dooley, 30, of Bear. Dooley ordered the female customer to move her car and then proceeded to call her a racial slur. As the customer left the restaurant, she was followed by Dooley who then began to take a picture of her vehicle’s registration. He then advised the victim that he was an officer with the New Castle County Police Department. The female customer then began recording Dooley and was able to obtain the registration number of his vehicle before he fled the parking lot. She then called 9-1-1.

Investigating troopers responded to Dooley’s home and was able to take him into custody without incident. He was then transported to Troop 2 where he was charged with Criminal Impersoantion of a Police Officer and Terroristic Threatening. He was arraigned at JP Court 11 and committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institution in default of $3500.00 cash bail.

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Released: 053117 1505

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Troopers Investigate Robbery – Claymont

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Claymont- Delaware State Police are investigating the robbery of a customer which occurred at an area Wawa early this morning.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident occurred at approximately 12:19 a.m. today, Monday, May 29, 2017, as a male customer entered the bathroom of the Wawa located at 2621 Philadelphia Pike. It was at this point that the customer was confronted by a male suspect who had also entered the bathroom. The suspect implied that he was armed with a handgun and demanded money from the victim. The victim complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of money to him. The suspect then exited the bathroom and fled from the store. The victim was not injured.

The suspect was described as a white male. He was approximately 20 years of age, 5’09” tall, and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and red shorts. There is no further physical or clothing description available. No video surveillance photos are available to be released at this time.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact the Troop 2 Robbery Unit at 302-365-8566. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline

1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us

Released: 052917 1415

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Troopers Investigating Serious Crash- Stanton- Update

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Stanton- Delaware State Police continue to investigate a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred late last night.

The investigation thus far has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 10:52 p.m. last night, Sunday, May 29, 2017, as Claudia A. Ortiz, 25, of Wilmington, was operating a 2010 Honda Accord and was traveling in a northbound direction on Delaware Park Drive in the area of Old Capitol Trail. For an unknown reason Ortiz lost control of the Honda on the wet roadway. The vehicle then traveled off of the east edge of the roadway where it then struck a tree before coming to rest.

Claudia Ortiz and a 32 year old male passenger, who were both properly restrained at the time of the crash, were trapped in the car for a period of time before they could be extricated by responding emergency personnel. They were both transported by ambulance to the Christiana Medical Center where they were admitted with serious injuries.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police. Alcohol and drug use are not being considered as a factors in the crash.

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Released: 052917 1330

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Maryland Couple Arrest After Struggle with Security Officer

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Dewey Beach – State Police have arrested a Maryland couple after they began fighting with a security officer assigned to patrol Indian Beach.

The incident occurred around 2:56 a.m. this morning, Monday May 29, 2017, when a 9-1-1 caller advised there was an officer laying on ground with two subjects fighting him near Palmer Avenue south of Dewey Beach.  Dewey Beach Police Department was able to quickly apprehend the subjects and place them into custody without further incident and turn them over to troopers.

The investigation reveal, John P. Clancy, 21 of Towson, Maryland, and Julia C. Price, 21 of Baltimore, Maryland, were walking in the are of Indian Beach when they asked the 52-year-old commissioned officer, who is employed by Resort Investigations and Patrol for Indian Beach, if they could get a ride to Ocean City, Maryland.  The officer informed them a cab would be called, and while in the process, the two subjects began walking toward a residence in the private development.  The officer told the couple they would be arrested if they continued to trespass on the private property and to wait by his patrol vehicle until the taxi arrived.  At that point, Clancy attempted to push the officer backwards, causing the officer to grab his arm, and when doing so, Clancy kicked the officer’s feet out from under him.  Both Clancy and the officer fell to the ground and continued to struggle with one another when Price jumped on top of the officer and made several unsuccessful attempts to his firearm from his holster.  The officer was uninjured in the incident.

John Clancy and Julia Price were both transported back to Troop 7 in Lewes where they were both charged with Attempt Remove a Firearm from a Law Enforcement Officer, Conspiracy 2nd, and Offensive Touching.  The were both arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $57,500.00 secured (Clancy) and $17,200.00 secured (Price).

No photos of Clancy or Price are available at this time.

Palmer Ave, Rehoboth

Released: 052917 1020

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Troopers Investigating Serious Crash-Stanton

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Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Stanton- Delaware State Police are currently investigating a serious motor vehicle crash which occurred late this evening.

The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 10:52 p.m. on Delaware Park Drive near Old Capitol Trail where one vehicle crashed into a tree. At least two people have suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash.

Delaware Park Drive in the area of the crash is closed at this time. Commuters are asked to use caution and to find alternate routes of travel.

This crash remains under investigation at this time. Further details will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

Released: 052817 2331

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Troopers Arrest Camden Man for Vehicle Theft

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Eric C. Andrews 29 of Camden

 

Presented by the Director of the Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Camden – The Delaware State Police arrested a Camden man for stealing a car from a driveway of a local area neighborhood.

On Sunday, May 28, 2017 at approximately 9:50 a.m., a trooper on proactive patrol in the area of South Governors Avenue observed a stolen Honda Civic from the unit block of Falcon Drive, Camden. The trooper recognized this vehicle from a reported theft that occurred the day before on Saturday, May 27, 2017. The vehicle was traveling northbound on South Governors Avenue and made a left onto Webbs Lane and failed to signal.  The trooper conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at Webbs Lane near Nathaniel Mitchell Road.  The driver was taken into custody without incident and later identified as Eric C. Andrews, 29 of Camden. Andrews stated at the time of the theft the vehicle was unlocked with the key in the ignition.

Eric C. Andrews was arrested and transported to Troop 3, Camden were he was charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Driving While Suspended, Failure to have Insurance and Registration and Failure to Signal. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $702.00 secured bond.

Released: 052817 2251

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**Traffic Advisory-Newark** Road Re-opened

Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Newark – The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a motor vehicle crash involving  a van that rolled over on Salem Church Road and McFarland Drive at around 8:30 p.m. this evening. The area of the crash is shut down due to a fuel leak. At this time it is unknown how many people are injured and the extent of their injuries.

The roads have currently closed in the area of the crash.  Commuters are advised to use caution in the area of the crash as crews are continuing to investigate the collision.

Released: 052817 2121

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**Traffic Advisory-Lewes**

Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Lewes- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a motor vehicle crash involving one vehicle that struck a tree on Camp Arrowhead Road and Yoshino Drive, Lewes that occurred around 12:02 p.m. this afternoon.  At this time it is unknown how many people are injured and the extent of their injuries.

The roads have currently closed in the area of the crash.  Commuters are advised to use caution in the area of the crash as crews are continuing to investigate the collision.

Released: 052817 1231

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State Police Carry Naloxone (Narcan) Kits

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Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

The Delaware State Police have joined other Delaware law enforcement agencies in carrying the overdose reversal drug, Naloxone, also known as Narcan.

Troopers will begin to carry nasally-administered Naloxone kits on patrol for use in treating subjects suspected of suffering from heroin or other opiate overdoses.

In conjunction with the Delaware Office of Emergency Medical Services, the Delaware State Police implemented a training curriculum and developed Divisional Policy authorizing and monitoring the administration of Naloxone by Troopers.

“As first responders on patrol, Troopers often are the first to arrive on the scene of medical emergencies.” said Sergeant Paul G. Shavack, Trooper Medic Commander and Delaware State Police Naloxone Program Coordinator. “Deployment of Naloxone kits in conjunction with EMS response has proven instrumental in saving the lives of those suffering from heroin or other opioid overdoses and increases the level of service that Troopers provide to our community.”

Released: 052617 2331

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