A Laurel man was arrested Friday after threatening two people with a knife and leading police on a pursuit through Seaford.
According to Delaware State Police, the incident began at 12:58 p.m. as a 58-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were outside of a home in the 25000 block of Park Circle in Seaford.
The pair spotted a blue Jeep Wrangler driving along the street and the woman, mistakenly believing the Jeep was being driven by a friend, tapped the horn of her vehicle. The Jeep stopped in front of the residence and Patrick A. Price, 48 of Laurel, exited the Jeep with a knife in his hand. Price yelled at the man and woman as they ran. Price then re-entered the Jeep and quickly drove away, police said.
A trooper responding to the incident spotted the Jeep traveling south on Sussex Highway (U.S. Route 13). When the Jeep turned onto Waller Road, the trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, but it continued traveling along Waller Road, and then made a right turn into a wheat field. The vehicle exited the field and drove onto Boyce Road. Price drove on Boyce and Waller roads, and through the wheat field, numerous times as he tried to elude troopers. While doing this, his Jeep struck a State Police vehicle, causing minor damage. It also caused thousands of dollars' worth of damage to the wheat crop.
Eventually, Price drove to his residence in the 10000 block of Waller Road, exited his Jeep, and began to run, police said. Troopers and police officers from assisting agencies chased Price, and were able to capture and restrain him after a lengthy struggle that included two unsuccessful Taser deployments.
Price was transported to Troop 5 where he was charged with his fourth driving-a-vehicle-under-the-influence-of-alcohol offense, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, two counts of aggravated menacing, criminal mischief over $5,000, resisting arrest with force or violence, disregarding a police officer's signal, offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, two counts of criminal mischief under $1,000, driving while suspended or revoked, and numerous traffic offenses, police said.
He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $17,250 cash bail.