WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. and SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. – A man from New Jersey was arrested after a high-speed, state-crossing pursuit which ended in a car crash that damaged several brand new cars in a car dealership.

26-year-old Elraheem Nesmith was driving a dark colored SUV when a Maryland trooper spotted him at Hillside, New Jersey for driving at above-the-limit speed posted at Route 113 and Newark Station in Worcester County.

Attempts to stop the 2002 Mercury Mountaineer failed and the vehicle proceeded to Berlin, Md.

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Berlin Police Department and MSP trooper continued to pursue the vehicle that was heading north at speed going more than 100 mph. Two attempts of using stop sticks were implemented but to no avail.

The chase continued to Berlin, Bishopville and to Delaware State line at which point, the Delaware authorities were informed of the ongoing pursuit. Because of the nature of the crime and crossing over to different jurisdiction, the pursuit was cancelled by the MSP.
Shortly after the pursuit was cancelled, Nesmith lost control of the vehicle. His vehicle rolled over several time before crashing into the Holly Kia dealership in Selbyville and coming to a stop above several brand new cars that were parked at the dealership.

A total of three cars were damaged in the crash, one of which was considered to be totaled. Nesmith led a brief on-foot chase but was apprehended eventually where he was held until MSP troopers arrive and identify the suspect.

The driver was found out to be driving from Georgia to New Jersey on suspended Virginia and New Jersey driving privilege as well an expired vehicle registration. Nesmith sustained minor injuries from the crash and was brought to Beebe Medical Center for medical attention. No one else—civilian or police—was injured as well as no vehicles—again, civilian or police—was damaged in Maryland during the pursuit.

The charges are pending in Maryland.

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