ATV chase ends in arrest of Bridgeville man on numerous charges

BRIDGEVILLE – Delaware State Police arrested a Bridgeville man after a pursuit led to the recovery of a stolen ATV in the Coverdale area.

Tijere Baldwin

Tijere M. Baldwin was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $4,007 secured bond, state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Baldwin faces charges that include: Receiving Stolen Property Value Over $1,500 (Felony); Disregarding a Police Officer Signal (felony); Resisting Arrest; Illegal Operation of an Off-Highway Vehicle; Operating an Off-Highway Vehicle on Private Property; Operating an Off-Highway Vehicle At an Excessive Rate of Speed and other traffic-related offenses.

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, at about 1 p.m., troopers were dispatched to the 21000 block of Mill Park Drive for reports of an off-road vehicle driving on the roadway and causing a disturbance.

Troopers spotted a black ATV and as they approached the driver made a U-turn and began to flee.  During the pursuit the ATV went off the roadway into a field where it struck a tree. The operator, later identified as Baldwin, fled on foot.  After a brief foot pursuit, he was taken into custody, Cpl. Jaffe said.

Further investigation revealed that the Honda ATV was reported stolen out of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.

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