Cape Gazette

Two-hour police chase ends on Route 1

Georgetown man tours Cape Region before troopers box in car
By Melissa Steele | Dec 05, 2013
Source: Georgetown Police Department Jorge Vasquez

A Georgetown man led police on a two-hour chase that took in nearly every town in the Cape Region Dec. 4, before he was finally arrested on Route 1 in Milford.

Jorge Vasquez, 45, of Georgetown faces charges after leading as many eight police vehicles on the chase.

The incident began at 11:55 a.m. when Georgetown police responded to a domestic assault in the parking lot near KFC in Georgetown Plaza,  said Lt. Lawrence A. Grose of the Georgetown Police Department.

Witnesses at the plaza told police Vasquez, driving a silver Nissan Altima, tried to run over a woman and a man who was helping her, Grose said.

Police found Vasquez driving east on Trap Pond Road and tried to pull him over for questioning. Vasquez sped off, leading police south on Route 113 through Millsboro and Dagsboro and then onto Route 26 through Millville, Roxana and Selbyville, before heading east on Route 54.

By the time the chase reached Fenwick Island, Georgetown police had been joined by police cars from several Sussex County municipalities.

The chase continued north on Route 1 through Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach before heading into Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club. There, Vasquez drove onto the golf course, where his car caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to a green and a tee box.

Grose could not say how Vasquez left the development, but he said Vasquez then headed north on Route 1.

At one point, Grose said, Vasquez tried to avoid spike strips on the roadway intended to stop him, and drove straight toward police officers.

The chase finally ended at about 2 p.m. in Milford near the Route 1 bypass after Delaware State Police boxed in Vasquez's car. Cpl. John Day said Delaware State Police were not involved in the chase through Sussex County.

Vasquez was charged with reckless endangering, resisting arrest and failure to stop on command of a police officer. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $45,506 cash bail.

Grose said charges on the earlier incident in the parking lot are pending. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 856-6613.

Numerous police vehicles chase a driver heading north on Route 1 who turns to avoid speed sticks placed in the roadway. The driver crossed into the oncoming southbound lanes at Dickinson Avenue in Dewey Beach. (Photo by: Marc Clery)
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