A Cheswold man, identified as John Gras, 28, was arrested following a high speed chase that ended after his vehicle crashed through a fence.
Cheswold Police arrested a local man after he allegedly tried to escape when his vehicle was clocked traveling at 46 mph in a 25 mph zone. The incident took place at approximately 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, on Moorton Road, north of Main Street, in Cheswold, said Chief of Police Christopher Workman. The driver, identified as 28-year-old John Gras, allegedly ignored the officer's lights and sirens, speeding down Moorton Road toward Brenford Road, Workman said. Gras' vehicle left the roadway several times and also went through a stop sign. The chase ended when Gras drove his vehicle, a Jeep Liberty, off the road and through a wooden fence, coming to a stop after hitting a tree. Gras allegedly jumped out of the car, leaving his 28-year-old pregnant girlfriend inside, and fled. A Clayton Police officer and his K9 responded to calls for backup, and Gras was located a short time later, hiding face down in the back yard of a local home. He was taken into custody without further incident, Workman said. Neither Gras nor the pregnant woman was hurt due to the chase and crash and neither requested medical treatment, although the woman was taken to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital as a precautionary measure. She was released later in the evening with no injuries or complications, Workman said. Gras was charged with disregarding a police officer's signal, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, speeding, driving while suspended and numerous other related traffic charges. He was arraigned and released on an unsecured bond pending a court appearance.