Natalia Alamdari - Delaware Online
A bank robbery followed by a police pursuit caused a three-vehicle crash and significant traffic delays on Del. 141 near Old Airport Road, near Newport, on Saturday morning, police said.
At 10:59 a.m. Saturday, Delaware State Police responded to a robbery at the TD Bank at 2035 Limestone Road in Stanton.
David Hogue, 40, entered the bank wearing a disguise, according to police. He presented a note demanding money to a bank teller, who told him she was only taking deposits and did not have cash, police said.
Hogue then pushed a customer so he could hand the note to a second teller, who gave him an undisclosed amount of money, according to police. Hogue then fled in a 2006 green Toyota Camry.
A trooper later spotted the vehicle in the area of Newport Gap Pike and Boxwood Road. The trooper tried to pull over the Camry for a traffic stop on Del. 141 south, but Hogue continued at a high speed, police said.
Hogue then tried to turn right onto Old Airport Road, but failed the turn and crossed over a small concrete island, sending the car airborne and entering the east lanes of Old Airport Road, according to police.
The front of the Camry struck the rear left corner of a 2019 gray Mitsubishi Outlander, causing the Outlander to roll onto the driver’s side.
The trooper pursuing Hogue also crossed into the east lane, hitting the guardrail between the Camry and Outlander, police said.
The crash caused significant delays on Del. 141, and the scene was not fully cleared until 3 p.m., according to the state's Department of Transportation.
The passengers of the Outlander, a 56-year-old man and 56-year-old woman from Kennedyville, Maryland, were both wearing their seat belts. They were taken to Christiana Hospital with minor injuries and later released, police said.
The trooper, who was also wearing a seat belt, was taken to Christiana Hospital with minor injuries and was later released, according to police.
Hogue was not injured and was taken into custody. He has been charged with robbery in the first degree, attempt to commit robbery in the first degree, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and offensive touching.
Charges involving the pursuit and crash are pending. He is being held at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $51,000 cash bond.
Natalia Alamdari covers education for The News Journal. You can reach her at (302) 324-2312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.