Edward J. Stewart of Bridgeville has been charged by Harrington and state police
Police in Harrington have arrested Edward J. Stewart, 28, of Moyer Lane, Bridgeville after an apparent domestic dispute resulted in a carjacking.
Department spokesman Capt. Earl K. Brode said the case began Sunday, Oct. 7 when police were sent to the local Walgreens store to investigate a domestic complaint. While on the way, they learned of a vehicle crash south of the Harrington fairgrounds apparently related to the complaint.
Officers learned the driver, later identified as Stewart, had run away on foot, tossing away an object as he did. Stewart was captured by an off-duty officer, Brode said and was taken into custody by Harrington police.
Police later recovered the object allegedly tossed by Stewart, learning it contained 33.8 grams of marijuana.
During their investigation, police determined Stewart was the passenger in the vehicle and had assaulted the driver, causing the victim to pull over onto the side of Route 13 near the Walgreens. Stewart chased the driver into the store, but left, driving off in the victim’s vehicle.
Stewart is charged by Harrington police with first-degree carjacking, criminal mischief over $5,000, possession of marijuana, offensive touching, disorderly conduct and driving on a suspended or revoked license. He also faces state charges of driving under the influence and related charges stemming from his actions while in state police jurisdiction.
He is being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of a $12,400 cash-only bond.
Brode said the victim was treated for minor injuries at the Milford campus of Bayhealth Hospital.