CAMDEN WYOMING, De. -The Delaware State Police have charged 24-year-old Alex J. Harrington of Felton after he took off in a car he was driving during a traffic stop and crashed into a house.
It happened around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning as a state trooper on routine patrol saw a 1995 Ford Explorer traveling US 13 southbound at the Woodside intersection. The trooper activated his emergency equipment and was able to stop the car in the parking lot of the Woodside Goose Creek convenience store.
The trooper came out of his car and made initial contact with Harrington. As the trooper returned to his patrol car to conduct a further investigation, Harrington fled the parking lot at a high rate of speed eastbound on Walnut Shade Road. The trooper in a fully marked patrol vehicle with emergency equipment activated, followed at a safe distance behind. Harrington refused to stop and continued eastbound on Walnut Shade Road at a high rate of speed and an aggressive manner for approximately three miles.
Harrington continued driving at a high rate of speed and reckless manner as he approached Rising Sun Road intersection where he disregarded a red traffic signal, continuing through the intersection, and traveled off of the roadway crashing into a home at 1345 Rising Sun Road. Harrington was taken into custody. Seven people were inside of the house where Harrington crashed. No injuries were reported inside the house as a result of the crash.
A Kent County building inspector responded to the scene and found the structural integrity of the building to be unsafe due to damage from the crash.
Harrington was transported to Kent General Hospital by ambulance where he was treated and admitted for none life threatening injuries.
Police charged him with reckless endangering, First Degree, driving under the influence of alcohol, aggressive driving, malicious mischief by motor vehicle and other traffic related offenses.
He is being held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $22,725.00 Secured Bond.