Two-state chase ends in minor injuries

January 17, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A police chase across the Maryland-Delaware line ended with minor injuries to two Maryland state troopers and a 22-year-old motorist.

The chase began about 9: 30 a.m. yesterday on westbound U.S. 40 when the driver fled after his vehicle was stopped by Delaware state troopers on an unspecified traffic offense, Maryland State Police said.

Maryland troopers picked up the 75-mph pursuit in Elkton, where several troopers tried to block the man's car from proceeding west, east of Marley Road.

The car then struck two of the troopers' cars, carrying all three vehicles across the eastbound lanes of U.S. 40 and into a ditch, police said.

Eric Scott Darling of Dover was arrested after a short foot chase. He was charged with several counts of assault, drug possession, driving while intoxicated and numerous traffic violations.

Maryland Troopers Timothy Clark and James Russell of the North East barracks were treated at Union Hospital of Cecil County in Elkton and released. Clark suffered an injury to the left knee. Russell had numerous cuts to his face and hands. Darling was treated at the hospital for shortness of breath and scratches and was released.

Last night, Darling appeared at a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner in Elkton on the Maryland charges, police said.

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