High-speed chase in Western Sussex ends with apprehension in Maryland

SUSSEX COUNTY – A high-speed chase Thursday afternoon in Western Sussex County ended in Maryland with the apprehension of John W. Whitby, a 24-year-old Laurel man wanted on felony theft and other charges.

Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier said Mr. Whitby was taken into custody by Delmar Police Department officers after he fled his vehicle.

The incident began about 1:50 p.m. April 2 as state troopers observed Mr. Whitby, a wanted subject by state police and Laurel Police Department on multiple felony warrants for theft and other related charges, leaving the shopping center on U.S. 13 in Seaford in a white Ford F-150 pickup.

Mr. Whitby headed south through Seaford, then into Blades and then Laurel, via Woodland Ferry Road with troopers in pursuit.

As the chase on U.S. 13A entered Maryland, police from Delaware called off their pursuit, Cpl. Fournier said.

Mr. Whitby is currently incarcerated in Maryland until he can be extradited back to Delaware to answer to multiple traffic violations as well as various felony theft charges, Cpl. Fournier said.


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