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 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.