Police: Maryland man steals van, resists arrest at Firefly

June 17, 2017

Story Location:
Persimmon Tree Lane
Dover  Delaware
United States

An intoxicated Maryland man carjacked and crashed a van on the outskirts of Firefly Music Festival in the early morning hours of June 17, police said.

The incident occurred shortly before 3 a.m. A trooper was working a traffic assignment at the entrance of Lot 18 north of Persimmon Tree Lane in Dover when a white Ford Transit van was seen traveling south down the gravel road entrance to the lot, swerved and crashed into a fence and brush, said Sgt. Richard Bratz of Delaware State Police.

Police quickly responded to the crash and learned the driver, later identified as 25-year-old Zachary O. Hamilton of Dickerson, Md., had stolen the van. Hamilton resisted arrest, punched at troopers and also head-butted the side of a marked police vehicle, leaving a dent, Bratz said.

Further investigation revealed Hamilton had punched a woman driving the van when she got out of the driver's seat, and stolen the van with six RMC Events employee passengers. The employees in the van tried to stop Hamilton, Bratz said, but were unable and sustained minor injuries.

Hamilton was taken to Bayhealth Medical Center at Kent General Hospital where it was determined he was under the influence of drugs.

He is charged with first-degree carjacking, attempting to commit assault on a law-enforcement officer, resisting arrest with force, criminal mischief over $5,000, six counts of second-degree reckless endangering, third-degree assault, criminal mischief over $1,000 and driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs.

As of the afternoon of June 17, Bratz said Hamilton was still in the hospital and a bail amount is pending.