Vehicle Pursuit Started In DE Ends In Handcuffs In OC - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Vehicle Pursuit Started In DE Ends In Handcuffs In OC

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23-year-old Brian Kriss, of Illinois 23-year-old Brian Kriss, of Illinois

OCEAN CITY, Md. - A man is accused of leading police on a multiple state chase, after a hit and run accident in Rehoboth, which lead several Police agencies into Ocean City. Delaware State Police say it all started around 9:45 AM in the parking lot of Lighthouse Plaza, where a man hit an unoccupied parked car, and then fled.

About a half hour later, the same vehicle was reportedly seen driving recklessly near Bethany. With a vehicle description and license plate number information out, Police continued to search for the suspect, as the suspect vehicle reportedly headed towards Ocean City, Maryland.

Ocean City Police were alerted by Delaware Communications Center about the vehicle pursuit headed their way, around 10:30 AM. They were also apparently told the suspect was armed with a large knife. According to the Ocean City Police Department report, the suspect vehicle, followed by Fenwick Island and South Bethany Police, drove into Ocean City, around 10:35 AM.

Police say the suspect, tried to get away from officers, by turning onto 134th Street, then back onto Coastal Highway at 133rd Street, with a quick u-turn, reportedly hitting a vehicle, leaving minor damage behind as he continued to apparently flee. The suspect reportedly continued South on Coastal Highway, where Police say he hit a car at 118th Street and another at 117th Street, before loosing control and crashing into a utility pole near Jamestown Road.

After the crash, according to the report, the suspect fled on foot, stole a bicycle, and rode South to the Gold Coast Mall, where he jumped into the marsh, and tried to swim away. Police from both Maryland and Delaware, who were on his trail, caught up with the reportedly combative suspect, and took him into custody on a sandbar Northwest of Channel Buoy Road, with the assistance of a Taser, a K-9 unit, and a less than lethal projectile launcher.

The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Brian Kriss, of Illinois. He was treated at Atlantic General Hospital for injuries, and released. Charges from both Ocean City, and the State of Delaware are reportedly pending at this time. The investigation into all of the days events are apparently on-going, and more information will be released as it becomes available. Kriss remains in Ocean City Police custody at this time, pending charges.

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