Two Millsboro men – one who police say had been shot in a lower extremity – face charges after a two-car crash Nov. 21 near Long Neck.
The crash happened about 9 p.m. in the area of Route 24 and Long Neck Road when a 2016 Hyundai Accent, driven by Evan Briscoe, 22, was speeding eastbound on Route 24 east of Long Neck Road, said Sr. Cpl. Jason Hatchell of the Delaware State Police.
At the same time, Hatchell said, a 2022 Lexus RX driven by a Lewes man, 35, was in front of the Hyundai, and the Hyundai tried to swerve left to avoid hitting the rear of the Lexus. However, the Hyundai struck the Lexus, causing it to rotate clockwise and hit a guardrail. The Lexus then moved back into the path of the Hyundai where the cars again collided, Hatchell said.
When troopers arrived at the scene, Hatchell said, both Briscoe and passenger Joshua Baull, 25, displayed obvious signs of impairment. Troopers also discovered a handgun with an obliterated serial number inside the vehicle, but they were able to determine the serial number and learned that the gun had been reported stolen by the Georgetown Police Department in February, Hatchell said.
Baull was found with a gunshot wound to a lower extremity; both he and Briscoe were transported to an area hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.
The operator of the Lexus and a 28-year-old woman passenger were transported to an area hospital for minor injuries sustained from the collision.
After their release from the hospital, Briscoe and Baull were transported to Troop 7 where they were charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of a weapon with an obliterated serial number, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, receiving a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm while under the influence. Briscoe was also charged with second-degree vehicular assault, driving under the influence of alcohol, and several traffic violations.
Both were arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of cash bond; Briscoe in default of $56,750, and Baull in default of $57,500.
Route 24 was closed for about five hours while the collision was investigated and the roadway was cleared. This incident remains an active and ongoing investigation.
Delaware State Police Troop 7 is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Trooper First Class Falk at 302-703-3321. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or delawarecrimestoppers.com.