During pursuit, driver allegedly tries to strike deputy’s vehicle

CHESTERTOWN — Christopher James Puzio, 45, Newark, Del., on April 16, was charged with attempted assault and reckless endangerment after he allegedly tried to strike a deputy’s patrol vehicle.

He initially was held in the Kent County Detention Center without bond.

DFC Kasey Griffitts of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a Ford F15 truck for alleged traffic violations at about 11:50 p.m. on state Route 20 at Earl Nicholson Road.

The driver, subsequently identified as Puzio, did not stop and ultimately led deputies and officers from allied agencies on a lengthy pursuit.

During the chase, Puzio allegedly attempted to strike Griffitts’ vehicle.

Puzio ultimately stopped and was apprehended while walking away from his truck.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, alcohol was smelled on Puzio’s breath and person.

He was charged with driving, attempting to drive while impaired by alcohol and driving, attempting to drive while under the influence of alcohol.

Puzio was issued numerous traffic citations. The alleged offenses include failing to stop at a stop sign; failing to drive right of center; unsafe lane changing; reckless driving; negligent driving; driving on the left side of the roadway in a posted no-passing zone; dropping, throwing an object at a vehicle or its occupants; attempt to elude police by fleeing on foot; driving at speed exceeding limit, 90 mph in a posted 50-mph zone; driving without current tags; operating an unregistered and uninsured vehicle; and unauthorized use and display of registration plates.

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