A man who police say led them on a short chase which ended in a crash, was arrested for his 5th DUI.
It happened Saturday around 11:22 p.m. Investigators say a trooper on patrol was near Coastal Highway and Sylvan Acres Road north of Milton, Delaware. Suddenly, police say, the trooper spotted a Dodge pickup truck traveling above the speed limit. The trooper followed the truck and tried to conduct a traffic stop but the driver allegedly failed to pull over, swerving in between traffic at a high speed.
Police say the driver, later identified as Josephi Anastasi, 40, of Milford, led the trooper on a short chase southbound on SR1. Anastasi then allegedly turned right onto Reynolds Road and lost control of his truck before striking a construction sign and a fence. Police say Anastasi then fled on foot into a nearby cornfield where he was quickly captured by the trooper. He was not injured in the crash.
Credit: Delaware State Police
Anastasi was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and other related offenses. Investigators say a computer check revealed he had four previous DUI convictions dating all the way back to 1992. He was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $11,759 cash bail.