What began as a single-vehicle accident investigation around 5:15 a.m. this past Saturday turned into a multi-hour manhunt through the swamp in the Gills Neck/Wolfe Point area outside of Rehoboth.
The accident happened on Scenic Drive at Wood Drive. That is where the driver of a 2006 BMW 530i drove off the roadway, struck several trees, abandoned his vehicle in the yard of a residence on Wood Drive and fled on foot. State troopers used a police canine and helicopter to try and find the suspect.
Just before 10 a.m., the canine caught up with him at the pool house on Blue Marlin Court. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The suspect has been identified as Christopher William Bainbridge, 19, of Warwick, Md.
He was charged with resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, malicious mischief by motor vehicle, reckless driving, failure to provide information at collision scene, failure to have minimum insurance, failure to report a collision to police and driving a vehicle at unreasonable or imprudent speed.