Wicomico County Breaking News: On Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 4:14 am, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle, later found to be operated by Joshua D. Schirling, 18-years old from Pocomoke City, Maryland, for traveling southbound on Rt. 13 at 115 mph in a 55 mph zone in the Delmar area.
Instead of stopping, Schirling maintained his high rate of speed and continued southbound on Rt. 13 Business while failing to stop for the deputy. The deputy continued the Wicomico County pursuit into Somerset County at which point the deputy discontinued.
Only a few minutes later, another deputy observed Schirling traveling at a high rate of speed, now heading northbound on Rt. 13 and entering onto the U.S. 13 Bypass.
Deputies rejoined the pursuit of Schirling, who was now heading northbound towards the Delmar area at speeds in excess of 100 mph. As Schirling entered the Delmar area fleeing from the deputies while maintaining a speed in excess of 100 mph, Schirling drove over a set of “Stop-Sticks” that had been deployed by a Delmar Police Officer on Rt. 13.
Pursuing deputies watched as the left rear tire of Schirling’s vehicle deflated and then disintegrated leaving Schirling riding on the rim. Because of this, Schirling was unable to maintain his speed and ultimately was forced to slow down and eventually stop just north of the state line in Delaware at which point he was taken into custody, ending the Wicomico County pursuit.
At the conclusion of the pursuit, it was discovered that Schirling did not have a driver’s license.
Upon arrest Schirling was processed at the Sheriff’s Office and brought in front of the District Court Commissioner.
Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Schirling in the Detention Center without bond pending a District Court Bond Review. During that bond review, a District Court Judge gave Schirling a bond of $1,500.
Schirling was formally charged with the following:
- Attempt by Driver to Elude Police by Failing to Stop
- Driving Without a License
- Failure to Obey Traffic Control Devices
- Failure to Stop for a Steady Red Signal
- Failure to Drive Right of Center
- Unsafe Lane Changing
- Driving Vehicle in Excess of Reasonable and Prudent Speed
- Reckless Driving
- Negligent Driving
- Aggressive Driving
- Failure to Reduce Speed on Curve
- Failure to Reduce Speed on Crest of Grade
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