REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Police arrested a Ridgely man after a brief police chase following a traffic stop.
Police say just before 1 a.m. Saturday, officers stopped 54-year-old William Tibbett after they saw him making an illegal turn and running a red light in the third block of Rehoboth Avenue.
When the officer contacted Tibbett, he said Tibbett was showing signs of intoxication. The officer began standardized field sobriety testing. After Tibbett completed in car field test, the officer ordered him to get out of the car to complete the remaining field test. Tibbett refused and ignored multiple orders from the officer. Police say he then started his car and sped away.
The officer returned to his patrol car and pursued Tibbett with his emergency lights and siren activated. Tibbett fled westbound on Rehoboth Avenue, turned southbound onto State Road, and finally westbound onto Grove Street where he stopped and surrendered to police without incident. Tibbett was taken into custody and transported to Beebe Medical Center for a legal blood draw to allow for future blood content analysis.
Tibbett was arrested and charged with 1 count of first degree felony reckless endangering creating a substantial risk of death or serious injury, 1 count of felony resisting arrest with force or violence and intentionally fleeing from a police officer, 1 count of driving a vehicle under the influence of a combination of alcohol and any drug, 1 count of failure to stop at a red light, 2 counts of failure to obey a traffic device, 1 count of driving a vehicle at an unreasonable speed, and 1 count of failure to have insurance identification in possession.
Tibbett was presented to the Justice of the Peace Court 3 for a bond hearing and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution lieu of a $2,604 secured bail. Tibbett is scheduled for arraignment in the Justice of the Peace Court #3.