High Speed Pursuit Ends in Milford

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chaseBy Terry Rogers

A high speed pursuit that began in Georgetown and traveled across southern Sussex County ended in Milford on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. According to police, 45-year old Jorge Vasquez of Georgetown fled from police when they responded to the report of a domestic dispute in the parking lot of Kentucky Fried Chicken in the Georgetown Plaza.

According to witnesses, a silver Nissan Altima had attempted to run over a woman in the parking lot, and when police arrived, they saw Vasquez traveling east on Trap Pond Road. They began to pursue Vasquez to Millsboro, Dagsboro, Selbyville and into the Rehoboth Beach area. The suspect headed south through Bethany Beach before making a u-turn and heading north toward Milford.

“Milford Police Department’s involvement in the pursuit was limited to blocking exits off the highway to prevent the pursuit from entering into the city streets,” said Lt. Edward Huey. “The suspect had entered several jurisdictions, including Rehoboth’s downtown area where the risk to the public was very much elevated and we wanted to prevent that here. At the time, there were unmarked vehicles following the suspect, who had slowed to around 50 miles per hour and was being monitored by aircraft. When the suspect turned southbound on Route 1, and then attempted to turn northbound again, the Delaware State Police forced him onto the side fo he road and made the apprehension.”

Vasquez has been charged with reckless endangering, resisting arrest, failure to stop on command of a police officer and numerous other traffic offenses. Police say that in addition to the traffic charges Vasquz faces, there may be charges stemming from the initial incident in the Georgetown parking lot once the investigation is completed.