Ocean City Today

Car chase starts here, ends in Delaware

It’s up Boardwalk, out to Coastal Hwy. and stalls out in Bethany
By Katie Tabeling | Aug 10, 2017
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(Aug. 11, 2017) A New York man was arrested last Saturday after he led police on a car chase that started at the Ocean City Inlet area, continued onto the Boardwalk and ended over the Delaware state line around 1 a.m.

Michael Gallahad, 61, of New York City was arrested by Fenwick Island police after his vehicle stalled out on Route 1 north of Bethany Beach, Ocean City Police spokeswoman Lindsay Richard said.

Ocean City Police reportedly saw Gallahad drive a Ford Transit Van erratically in the inlet lot in the early hours on Aug. 5.

“[He] was driving in a diagonal line across the parking lanes and did not have the headlights on. He also drove through the emergency exit of the lot and destroyed a small area of landscaping near the exit,” Richard said.

Police attempted to stop Gallahad, he left the parking lot and drove onto Second Street.

When Gallahad reached South First Street, he drove onto the Boardwalk.

“There were some pedestrians on the Boardwalk at the time, but they quickly moved out of the way. Thankfully, no pedestrians were injured,” Richard said.

The van traveled north for eight blocks, when Gallahad drove it off the boards at North Division Street. Then he drove north on Baltimore Avenue onto Coastal Highway, with police behind him until he crossed into Fenwick Island.

“He was driving erratically at speeds up to 60 mph at times,” Richard said.

After driving 10 miles, Gallahad drove another 8 miles in Delaware before his van stalled and he was arrested.

Gallahad was taken to Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Delaware, although Richard said it was uncertain whether he was injured or sent there for observation as a precaution. He was later jailed in Delaware.

Ocean City Police have issued Gallahad 27 traffic citations for various offenses. Additional traffic citations or criminal charges in Worcester County could be pending.

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