A 31-year-old Smyrna-area man is behind bars after allegedly leaving the scene of a single-vehicle crash in Middletown last week.
John C. Knotts, a resident of the 1300 block of Paddock Road, was driving faster than 60 mph in a 25 mph zone on southbound Industrial Drive when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a concrete culvert sometime between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on April 14, according to Middletown Police Chief Henry Tobin.
The impact caused the pick-up truck to become airborne for about 46 feet before it came to a rest, Tobin said.
Knotts reportedly fled the scene after the crash, but later sought medical attention for multiple non-life-threatening injuries at Kent General Hospital in Dover, where he was arrested by Delaware State Police.
Police later learned that Knotts had taken the pick-up truck
from Tyson M. Sartin Memorials on Kirkwood Street in Bear without their permission, Tobin said.
Knotts is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and failing to report an accident.
Knotts is being held at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington on a $7,500 secured bail, according to a spokesman with the Delaware Department of Corrections.