Long Neck police chase leads to discovery of drugs

Delaware News Desk
Milford Beacon
Milford Beacon

Delaware State Police arrested two Millsboro men following a hit-and-run in Long Neck.

The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, when troopers were dispatched to Pot-Nets Seaside for a hit-and-run involving a silver Chevrolet Trailblazer. According to police, 22-year-old Jason D. Gilbert aggressively approached a 24-year-old male victim in the parking lot of the Long Neck Wawa and asked him if he wanted to purchase heroin. The victim got in his car and left but Gilbert followed, rear-ending him twice. The victim was eventually able to get away uninjured.

A Trailblazer matching the description was spotted nearby and a traffic stop was initiated, but Gilbert failed to stop and fled, committing several traffic violations. The vehicle eventually came to a stop after getting stuck in the grass off of Legion Road. Police made contact with Gilbert and a passenger, 22-year-old Joshua Baull. Baull was the registered owner of the Trialblazer and had allowed Gilbert to drive, despite knowing that Gilbert’s license was suspended.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 21.03 grams of THC wax, 56.15 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia 20 counterfeit $100 dollar bills and over $150 in suspected drug proceeds Gilbert and Baull were taken into custody without further incident.

Gilbert was charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, first-degree reckless endangering, aggravated menacing, first-degree forgery, disregarding a police officer signal, failure to obey an emergency order, driving while suspended or revoked, leaving the scene of a property collision and multiple other traffic offenses. He was later released on $33,110 unsecured bond.

Baull was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to obey an emergency order and permitting operation of a vehicle by other. He was later released on $10,701 unsecured bond.