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Social Media and Smart Phones are Changing Breaking News


SUSSEX COUNTY, De. - When 45-year-old Jorge Vasquez went on a two-hour joyride that caused countless police vehicles to pursue him Wednesday afternoon, all of Sussex County had their eyes open. They also had their phones out, demonstrating the new technological era of news gathering. WBOC received countless videos from news-watchers across the county, providing some of the best footage of this dramatic chase.

It doesn't take too much thought, to imagine how this chase would have been covered two decades ago. There would be no smart phones or social media, and the early video would have been far less interesting. But in this new era of quick communication, WBOC aired some of the most enticing video yet.

Wesley Creek was right in the center of the chase. He was working as an electrician for the Hyatt Place hotel in Dewey Beach when he started to get the feeling something exciting was coming their way.

"I heard the sirens from down the road," he said. "So I pulled my phone out and started recording."

His video captured Vasquez heading northbound on the Coastal Highway, as he neared a road-block set up by the police. On camera, he then swerved to the southbound lanes, and continued traveling against traffic. All of this exciting video was captured from a smart phone.

"I showed it to pretty much everyone upstairs," he said pointing at his colleagues. "They've all asked to see the video. It's just something that I got to see. I got to show people. It's just pretty cool."

Creek wasn't alone. Kevin Fisher of Lewes also captured some unbelievable video in Rehoboth Beach. He was leaving his doctor's appointment when he saw the commotion.

"I realized there were a lot of police cars heading down towards," he said. "So nosy enough, I decided I would go see what was going on."

And in doing so, he brought himself within feet of the chase. He was on the side of the road to see Vasquez turn a corner, followed by countless police vehicles. The entire time, his camera phone was rolling, something he never thought would be possible.

"When I grew up, we didn't have anything like that," he said referring to his phone. "Basically we had cameras and we could make a picture, make a print, and show it to people. So we've really gone a long way."

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