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Motorcyclist Arrested After Hit-and-Run With Horse

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- Delaware State Police have arrested a Lincoln motorcyclist accused of hitting a horse in Bridgeville with his motorcycle and then fleeing the scene.

Roosevelt S. Williams, 34, is charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, two counts of reckless driving, aggressive driving, disregarding a police officers signal, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and dozens of other traffic-related offenses.

Troopers said the incident occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday, as a 40-year-old Bridgeville woman was riding her 16-year-old quarter horse south on Chaplains Chapel Road when she was attempting to cross the roadway to enter a field on the east side of the road. 

Police said that after checking the roadway to ensure it was clear, the horse and rider entered into the roadway when the sound of a fast approaching motorcycle startled the horse, causing it to remain in the roadway. Investigators said the motorcycle, which was also traveling southbound on Chaplains Chapel Road, applied its brakes and slid on the roadway before striking the horse on the right side.
Police said that after gaining control of the horse, the equestrian ran to the motorcyclist who appeared injured and attempted to render first aid.  The motorcyclist refused any treatment and proceeded to get on his motorcycle and flee south on Chaplains Chapel Road, troopers said. Police said the equestrian was able to provide a description of the motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, along with a description of the motorcycle to dispatchers in the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center.
Just minutes after the crash, an officer with Georgetown Police Department observed what appeared to be the motorcycle and operator at the intersection of DuPont Boulevard (US113) and Seashore Highway (SR404/18). As the officers attempted to perform a traffic stop on the motorcycle, police said it began fleeing northbound on US113. 

Police said additional officers and troopers began pursuing the motorcyclist who was, at times, traveling at speeds greater than 100 mph before a DSP helicopter (Trooper 2) was able to track the fleeing motorcycle throughout the towns of Lincoln and Milford. 

Around 7:45 p.m. Trooper 2 advised ground patrols that the motorcyclist was slowing to a stop in the area of Benson Road near Jefferson Road.  Troopers were able to converge on the area and said that after a brief struggle with the fleeing suspect, who ran into a soybean field, he was taken into custody without further incident.
Police said Williams was found to be in possession of 3.2 grams of synthetic marijuana upon his arrest. He as ordered held in lieu of $13,950 cash bond.  Williams was checked by EMS at Troop 7 but police said he refused any medical treatment.
Troopers said the equestrian was slightly injured in the incident, but did not require any medical attention. Her horse did not appear to be injured, police said. 

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