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Arrest Made in Sunday’s Stolen Vehicle Pursuit That Left 3 Children Injured



Stolen Vehicle Arrest

Delaware State Police have made an arrest in the serious crash that occurred late Sunday afternoon south of Milford that started in Ocean City as a stolen vehicle pursuit.

William T. Ackridge Jr., 18 of Newark, DE was taken into custody without incident at his residence by Probation and Parole Officers on the afternoon of Monday May 24, 2021. He was transported to Troop 2 where he was processed for the following charges:

  • Three counts of Vehicular Assault 2nd (Misdemeanors)
  • Leaving the Scene of a Collision Resulting in Injury
  • Reckless Driving
  • Driving Without a Valid License
  • Three counts of Failure to Stop At a Red Light

Ackridge was arraigned via videophone with Justice of the Peace Court #2 and released after posting $4,104.00 secured bond.

 William Ackridge

Troopers with the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit were able to identify William Ackridge as the driver of the black Toyota Corolla involved in the stolen vehicle pursuit after receiving information from Probation and Parole about his location on Sunday during the incident through his GPS ankle monitor.

This information, along with the video footage from Delaware State Police Aviation (Trooper 2), capturing Ackridge exiting the the driver’s side of the Corolla assisted troopers in their investigation.

The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into the crash. Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Sgt, Nick DeMalto by calling 302-703-3269. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

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