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Man Arrested After Fleeing From Police in Tractor-Trailer

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Christopher N. Cornish Christopher N. Cornish

DELMAR, Del.- Delaware State Police have arrested a Seaford man accused of leading troopers and other police agencies on an hour-and-a-half-long pursuit in a tractor-trailer.

Police said they were called to Mike's Clearance Center on Route 13 in Delmar, Del., at around 2:50 a.m. Tuesday after a neighbor heard a noise coming from the business and observed a 10-wheeled day cab tractor had backed into the door of a shed on the property.

Troopers said the driver, 44-year-old Christopher N. Cornish, drove off in the Peterbuilt truck but was followed by the witness who gave up to date locations of the large vehicle.

According to police, minutes later truck fled into Maryland where troopers from Maryland State Police, officers from Salisbury Police Department, and deputies from Wicomico County Sheriff's Office continued the pursuit.

Police said about 45 minutes into the chase, the truck re-entered Delaware and began traveling north on Route 13.

Troopers said that at one point the 10-wheeled vehicle began heading northbound in the southbound lanes just north of Seaford.

Authorities said the truck, which was now operating on flat tires due to stop stick devices deployed by agencies in Maryland, continued to attempt to elude the law enforcement agencies at speeds less than 40 mph. Police said the big rig then made a U-turn on Garden Lane and began heading southbound on Route 13 before entering Seaford city limits where the vehicle came to a stop behind the McDonald's.

Police said Cornish was taken into custody without further incident.

After further investigation, investigators said the 2013 Peterbuilt 10-wheeled day cab tractor had been stolen from Seaford Concrete in Bridgeville earlier that night. The truck was then driven down to Delmar where police said Cornish was attempting to steal a vehicle that was being stored in the shed located at Mike's Clearance Center.

Cornish was transported back to Troop 5 in Bridgeville where he was charged with third-degree attempted burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of criminal mischief and various traffic offenses. He was ordered held in the Sussex Correctional Institution on $40,000 cash bond.

Police said a computer check revealed that Cornish was also wanted out of Troop 5 for incidents that occurred in early November and mid-December that included receiving stolen property, theft, and other traffic violations.  He is also wanted out of the Harrington, Bridgeville and Seaford police departments for various offenses. He will be formally charged with the above listed crimes at a later date and time. 

Agencies in Maryland may also have additional charges pending against Cornish stemming from the pursuit, DSP said.

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