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Sussex Countian
  • Rehoboth man charged with DUI after police chase, crash

  • A Rehoboth Beach man was arrested Friday after leading police on a high-speed chase that resulted in him crashing his minivan into a condominium building.


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  • A Rehoboth Beach man was arrested Friday after leading police on a high-speed chase that resulted in him crashing his minivan into a condominium building.
    Cornelius P. Marchtmon, 35, was driving a 2001 Ford Windstar north on Del. Route 1 at about 7 p.m., when a state trooper noticed that the vehicle’s registration was expired, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
    The trooper stopped the minivan on westbound Old Landing Road and spoke to Marchtmon before returning to the police cruiser to conduct a computer check on the Rehoboth Beach man’s license.
    When the trooper returned to the minivan, Machtmon sped away on westbound Old Landing Road before turning south on Airport Road, Fournier said.
    The trooper pursued Machtmon as he turned onto southbound Route 1, nearly striking several vehicles while swerving in and out of traffic and through the bus/bike lane before turning onto South Timberlake Drive, where the minivan struck a concrete ditch and a support pillar at the Blue Point Villas condominium building, Fournier said.
    Marchtmon fled the crash scene on foot before surrendering to police near the Penco Corporation warehouse on Oyster House Road.
    He was taken to Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, where he was treated for injuries he suffered in the crash before being released.
    Marchtmon is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest, disregarding a police officer’s signal, driving while suspended, aggressive driving and other traffic-related charges.
    He was being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution on $5,008 secured bail as of Friday, Fournier said.
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