A 26-year-old Middletown man wanted for allegedly committing several burglaries was apprehended after fleeing from police Friday night.
Three state police vehicles were damaged as Andrew Long, 26 of Middletown, and Ashley Jones, 26 of Wilmington, attempted to elude capture.
According to Delaware State Police, the incident began Friday night as detectives conducted surveillance in the Kimberton development in Newark. The detectives were looking for Long and Jones, who were wanted for committing a residential burglary in the 400 block of Maryland Line Road in Townsend on Jan. 17, a residential burglary in the 1600 block of St. Augustine Road in Middletown on Jan. 18, and an attempted residential burglary in the 1900 block of Harvey Straughn Road in Townsend on Wednesday.
Shortly before midnight, detectives spotted Long and Jones entering a 1996 Honda Civic parked on Greenbridge Drive. In an attempt to prevent the vehicle from fleeing, detectives parked in front of and behind the Honda. The detectives' vehicles had their blue and red emergency lights activated. Long, who was driving the Honda, immediately backed into one of the detective's vehicles, a 2009 Chevrolet Impala, and then drove forward, into a detective's 2005 Pontiac Gram Am. The Honda then fled from the development with troopers in pursuit, said Cpl. John Day, public information officer for the Delaware State Police.
The Honda fled into Pennsylvania, where Pennsylvania State Police troopers pursued the vehicle. The vehicle then returned to Delaware via Lancaster Pike (State Route 41) southbound, and then continued south on Lancaster Pike (State Route 48), until it struck a fully marked State Police 2006 Crown Victoria, which was not involved in the pursuit and had been traveling southbound on the shoulder of Lancaster Pike, immediately north of the intersection with Centerville Road. Troopers then apprehended Long and Jones without further incident, Day said.
The detectives involved in the collisions on Greenbridge Drive did not require medical treatment at the scene, he added. The trooper involved in the collision on Lancaster Pike was transported to Christiana Hospital, where he was treated for a leg injury and released.
Long was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, attempted second-degree burglary, theft over $1,500, three counts of second-degree conspiracy, two counts of theft under $1,500, three counts of criminal mischief under $1,000, two counts of second-degree reckless endangering, criminal mischief over $1,000, and disregarding a police officer's signal. He was committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institute after failing to post $28,000 secured bail.
Jones was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, second-degree attempted burglary, theft over $1,500, three counts of second-degree conspiracy, two counts of theft under $1,500, three counts of criminal mischief under $1,000, falsifying business records, theft by false pretense under $1,500, and selling stolen property under $1,500. She was committed to Baylor Women's Correctional Institute after failing to post $17,250 secured bail.