Two charged after vehicle pursuit in Delaware

Tajah Brooks, 23, of Philadelphia and Nafese Pierce, 22, of Philadelphia  (Courtesy of DSP)

Two Pennsylvania men were arrested after troopers say they were involved in shoplifting incidents and they fled from Delaware law enforcement officers.

Delaware State Police say on Sunday, just after 7:05 PM, troopers were given a description of a vehicle, an orange-colored Chevrolet Cobalt with PA registration, in which two suspects recently shoplifted in the Rehoboth Beach area and fled the scene. Troopers say they witnessed the suspect vehicle traveling northbound on Coastal Highway (SR1) south of Milton, and the vehicle was pulled over on the northbound shoulder of SR1. The vehicle reportedly accelerated and re-entered traffic before the trooper made contact with the driver. 

At that point, a pursuit began.

According to the report, the vehicle traveled northbound on the shoulder of SR1 and proceeded through the intersection at Broadkill Road (SR16), when it ran up onto a traffic island where it hit an electric box. Police say the vehicle then continued northbound until its front end collided with the left side of a Mazda CX-5, which was traveling in the right turn lane of SR16 leading to northbound SR1. After hitting the Mazda CX-5, the vehicle reportedly;y continued northbound on SR 1  and crashed into back right side of a Ford Windstar. Authorities say the vehicle then exited the edge of SR1 and crashed into a mailbox before coming to a final rest on the shoulder of northbound SR1.

Law enforcement says the suspects then fled the scene on foot. According to DSP, 23-year-old Tajah L. Brooks was identified as the driver of the vehicle and his passenger was identified as 22-year-old Nafese A. Pierce. The Philadelphia men were arrested after a brief foot pursuit and they were  taken by ambulance to the Beebe Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers report that a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of the stolen merchandise from the following stores:
J. Crew
Forever 21

Police say the the driver of the CX-5, a 56-year-old woman and her 13-year-old passenger of Philadelphia, PA were properly restrained and transported to the Beebe Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Investigators also report that the driver of the Ford Windstar, a 41-year-old man of Philadelphia, PA, and his five passengers, ranging from ages 2-39 were all properly restrained and uninjured.

Brooks was charged with shoplifting (felony)-2 counts, reckless endangering -8 counts, vehicular assault, resisting arrest, disregard a police officer, aggressive driving, reckless driving, and multiple traffic related offense. He was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $18,426 cash only bond.

Pierce was charged with possession of shoplifters tools (felony), shoplifting (felony), conspiracy second degree, and resisting arrest. He was turned over to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $7,000.00 secured bond.

DSP says northbound SR1 at SR16 was rendered to one lane for approximately two and a half hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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