Gary Ward, 18, of Dover was arrested in Milford

Troopers from the Delaware State Police and officers from the Milford Police Department combined forces to capture a suspected car thief.

Gary Ward, 18, of Dover, was taken into custody Wednesday, Sept. 13, DSP spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

The case began at about 12:56 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in Camden when a trooper tried to stop a 2011 Lincoln MKZ that was being driven without headlights.

Instead, the driver headed out of Camden onto Route 13, headed northbound in the southbound lanes. The car then reversed course, traveling southbound in the northbound lanes before crossing back into the southbound portion of the highway.

The vehicle traveled into Harrington, turning onto the Milford-Harrington Highway and eventually into Milford itself; police used stop sticks designed to bring the pursuit to an end when the SUV turned into the Traveler’s Inn.

However, that’s when the driver again tried to escape by putting the vehicle in reverse and running into a DSP patrol vehicle.

Ward unsuccessfully struggled against officers as they placed him under arrest, Fournier said.

Ward is charged with two counts of failure to stop at the command of a police officer, second-degree reckless endangering, resisting arrest, reckless driving, driving without a valid license, and multiple other traffic related offenses. He also was arrested by Dover Police for theft of a motor vehicle after it was learned the SUV had been stolen earlier that evening in Dover.

Ward has been jailed at the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $2,018 secured bond.