An Illinois man ran into some trouble at the beach on Wednesday morning, leading police from Delaware and Ocean City on a wild chase involving a car, a stolen bicycle and finally, a desperate dip in the bay.
It all started when Brion Adam Kriss, 23, crashed into a parked car at Lighthouse Plaza in Rehoboth, Del., around 9:45 a.m. and then fled the scene, according to police. A bulletin was issued for his vehicle – including a warning that he was armed with a large knife. Minutes later several motorists and police spotted Kriss driving recklessly southbound toward Ocean City, police said.
Officers from Fenwick Island and South Bethany pursued Kriss into Ocean City. Police said the suspect hit several cars along Coastal Highway near 118th Street, injuring one person, before losing control of his car and crashing into a utility pole near Jamestown Road.
Police said Kriss fled on foot and then stole a bicycle, which he rode south to the Gold Coast Mall, while being followed by the Delaware officers.
When Ocean City Police arrived at the mall they saw Kriss heading into the marsh and bay behind the mall. Officers said he ignored orders to surrender and attempted to escape by swimming toward Channel Buoy Road.
Maryland State Police helicopters assisted police who continued their pursuit of Kriss into the water, where he was finally arrested on a small sandbar about 100 yards from the road. Police used a Taser, rubber bullets and a K-9 unit to subdue Kriss, who they described as “combative.”
The person hurt in the crash at 118th Street was taken to Atlantic General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Ocean City Police charged Kriss with resisting arrest, second-degree assault, inflicting bodily harm on a law enforcement animal, possession of a deadly weapon and 24 other traffic violations. He is being held without bond at the Worcester County Jail.