Police Investigate Crash Involving Police Cruiser, Driver Charged with Drug Possession

Posted on  12/13/2013 1:03 pm


  • West 2nd and North Clayton Streets, Wilmington, Delaware

Date of Occurrence:

  • Thursday, December 12, 2013, approximately 11:00 p.m.

Vehicle/Operator/Charge Information:

  • Vehicle 1: 1999 Honda Civic
  •  Operator 1: Ian Thomas, 34, 1900 block Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington Delaware
    • Possession of Heroin
    • Possession of Crack Cocaine
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Vehicle 2: 2011 Crown Victoria
  • Operator 2: 36 year old Wilmington Police Officer


A driver was cited for drug possession after a collision with a police cruiser that sent one officer to the hospital with injures Thursday night.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:00 p.m. as a fully marked Wilmington Police cruiser was responding to a priority complaint with emergency equipment activated. The cruiser, operated by a 36 year old 13 year veteran of the police department, was traveling west on West 2nd Street through the intersection of North Clayton Street. A northbound 1999 Honda Civic, operated by Ian Thomas of Wilmington, proceeded through a green light at the intersection and struck the cruiser on the left front side. The Honda then stuck a 2001 Dodge Durango parked on the south side of the 1600 block of West 2nd Street before coming to a stop.

Ian Thomas then exited his vehicle and attempted to discard 19 bags of heroin and two hypodermic needles. Officers took Thomas into custody and located a small bag of crack cocaine on his person.

The passenger of the police cruiser, a 27 year old officer in his first year with the department, was treated for a neck injury at Wilmington Hospital and released.

Thomas was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 11 and released after posting $150 secured bail.