Eric Halton crashed into high school fence while evading police, reports say

A Hockessin man was arrested on multiple charges in Salisbury, Md., on Tuesday, following a police chase that ended with a smashed fence.

Wicomico County Sheriffs said that on Tuesday, July 25, at 2:32 a.m., a deputy was on patrol on South Salisbury Boulevard when the deputy’s patrol car was almost struck by a vehicle.

It was later determined that the vehicle was driven by Eric Halton, of Hockessin and Salisbury, police said.

Police said Halton entered onto South Salisbury Boulevard from Milford Street without yielding for the deputy. The deputy attempted to stop Halton, who then took off while swerving on South Salisbury Boulevard, before turning up Bateman Street where he jumped the curb and collided with the “Do Not Enter- One Way” sign, according to police.

He then headed in the wrong direction in an attempt to elude the deputy, police said.

The pursuit culminated when Halton turned onto the property of James M. Bennett High School on College Avenue and crashed through a fence, at which point Halton then jumped out and attempted to flee the deputy on foot, police said.

Halton was ultimately located and placed under arrest at which time the deputy detected a strong odor of alcohol.

Halton was subsequently arrested and transported for further processing during which he provided a breath sample of .12, police said.

Halton was issued a summons for a future court date and released, police said.

Police said Halton was charged: with attempt to flee and elude; attempt by driver to flee police by fleeing on foot;  driving under the influence of alcohol; driving while impaired by alcohol; failure to remain at the scene of a property damage accident; negligent driving; and reckless driving, among others.