A man is dead after a high-speed chase early this morning in New Castle.
Delaware State Police say just before 12:50 this morning, a trooper saw a Chrysler Sebring commit traffic violations while driving north on Route 13. The trooper pulled over the driver, 58-year-old Edwin Halko of Newark, in the parking lot of the Hooters Restaurant, and believed he was driving drunk. When the trooper tried to get Halko to get out of his car, Halko refused, and backed into the cruiser. The trooper says he then took off onto Route 13, and then turned southbound at a high rate of speed. State Police say Halko then turned onto Route 40 westbound, and lost control near the intersection with Wilton Boulevard. The car hit a utility pole, and was sheared in half. Halko, who wasn’t wearing his seat belt, was thrown from the car, and pronounced dead at Christiana Hospital.
Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, which closed Route 40 (Pulaski Highway) from Winton Boulevard to Route 13 for three and a half hours.
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