Marcus Benson was seen on the Roth Bridge on Route 1 early Wednesday morning, but when a New Castle County police officer stopped to search for him, he got into the officer's vehicle and drove away.

A man needing medical help fled from an emergency medical crew and later stole and crashed a police vehicle near the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal early Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, May 1, at 11:14 p.m., officers from the New Castle County Police were dispatched to the unit block of Healy Court in the community of Red Lion Chase to help emergency medical service crews with a patient in need of medical attention.

Before the officers arrived, they learned that the patient, Marcus Benson, 25, fled the residence in such a manner that it caused a concern for his welfare.

At about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, a patrol officer saw a man who matched the description on the southbound lanes of the Route 1 Roth Bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

The officer pulled to the shoulder and stopped his marked police SUV. The officer got out but lost sight of the man. With regard to the high-speed traffic on the bridge, the officer cautiously searched the sides of the bridge for the man.

While the officer was searching, Benson got into the SUV. He sped off southbound, lost control near the Biddle Toll Plaza and crashed into a pole, police said.

Benson was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital where he was admitted.

He was charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle, disregarding a police officer's signal, malicious mischief by motor vehicle, misdemeanor reckless driving and driving at an unsafe speed, police said.

An arraignment is pending.