At about 8:30 pm Wednesday evening, Wilmington police received a report of an erratic driver traveling south on Route 100 from Dover toward Wilmington. Police sighted the vehicle, a green 1995 Chevy Suburban, when it was near the intersection of Route 100 and Cold Brook Road.
Police say they attempted to stop the vehicle, but Brosnan continued toward Wilmington Village, ignoring police sirens and blue lights. When he reached the intersection in the center of the village, Brosnan continued, through the light, onto Castle Hill Road, where he crashed into a fence on private property. According to police, Brosnan reversed his direction, avoiding the pursuing officer, and drove across the lawn of the residence.
As he traveled north on Castle Hill Road, returning to the village center, police attempted to stop him by deploying tire deflation equipment near Shafter Street. “(Brosnan) avoided this equipment by steering around the equipment, and through a drainage ditch,” according to police reports.
In his attempt to avoid the tire deflation device, Brosnan turned onto Shafter Street, a dead end street. When he reached the end of the road, police say he reversed direction again, and sped across another lawn to avoid police.
Brosnan headed out of the village, traveling north on Route 100 at speeds of 40 – 45 mph, with police in pursuit. During the trip north, one of Brosnan’s rear tires failed.
When he turned onto Dover Hill Road in Dover, police say they discontinued the pursuit. Brosnan crashed near the intersection of Dover Hill Road and Dover Road, and fled the scene on foot.
According to witnesses who saw Brosnan during the pursuit, he appeared to be shirtless. When he was finally sighted out of the vehicle, however, he was missing more than a shirt. Shortly after the crash, police say a nearby resident called 911, reporting that a naked man was knocking on her door. When officers arrived, they found a naked Brosnan and took him into custody. He was later taken to Grace Cottage Hospital by ambulance where he was treated and released.
Brosnan was processed at the Wilmington Police Department, where he was charged with gross negligent operation, attempting to elude, and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. He was held at the Springfield Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 bail.