A 57-year-old Millville resident was arrested Saturday, April 16, at approximately 6:30 p.m. after an incident at Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach.
According to Pfc. Joanna Robertson, public information officer for the Bethany Beach Police Department, Allen purposely real-ended another vehicle at the intersection, then exited his van and approached the driver of the other vehicle.
Robertson said Allen was carrying a police baton in his hand and made threatening gestures toward the occupants of a second vehicle. The other driver, Robertson said, feared for his safety and that of his three passengers. He drove away and called 911, she said.
According to Robertson, Allen fled the scene in his van, but the van was subsequently spotted in the alley behind the Bethany Beach post office during a search by Bethany Beach and South Bethany police. Allen was apprehended and transported to the Bethany Beach police station.
Robertson said Allen’s statements to police indicated he had been provoked by the other driver, whom Allen told police had made an obscene gesture toward him.
Allen was charged with eight counts of aggravated menacing, eight counts of reckless endangering (first degree), four counts of possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, four counts of terroristic threatening, one count of disorderly conduct, one count of leaving the scene of an accident, one count of following too close and one count of reckless driving.
He was released to his son on $180,000 unsecured bond. An April 21 preliminary hearing in the Court of Common Pleas was set.