(April 26, 2019) Gerald Lusby Jr., 47 of Selbyville, once called Worcester’s most dangerous driver by former Interim State’s Attorney Bill McDermott, led Delaware police on a wild chase through several towns last week.

On Feb. 5 of last year, Lusby was convicted by a Worcester County jury in 20 minutes for driving while impaired by alcohol on Sept. 17, 2017 – his 12th drunk driving-related offense. At the time, Judge Richard Bloxom called Lusby’s driving record the most remarkable he’s ever seen and sentenced Lusby to the maximum of three years in jail, and a $1,000 fine.

McDermott, who prosecuted Lusby in 2015, said during a previous trial that “He is perhaps the most dangerous driver in all of Worcester County … the moment he’s incarcerated, Worcester County is a safer place.”

Last year, McDermott said the Ocean City Police Department and then Assistant State’s Attorney Lauren Bourdon “may have saved untold lives today with the incarceration of Mr. Lusby. The people of this county can travel our roads with a sigh of relief knowing that Mr. Lusby is in prison for the next three years.”

Lusby’s prior citations date back to 1994 and include charges in Annapolis, Hyattsville, Glen Burnie and Upper Marlboro district courts, as well as Howard County and Charles County district courts. According to public records, he has had 31 traffic-related citations in Maryland since 1994, although not all led to convictions.

Lusby was at it again last Sunday, earning charges for driving under the influence and resisting arrest, among other charges, in Delaware.

According to Delaware State Police, the incident began at about 2:15 a.m., when an officer witnessed a white Chevy Trailblazer speeding on Lighthouse Road, east of Treasure Beach Campground in Fenwick.

Lusby, the driver of the vehicle, allegedly refused to stop and led police on a nine-minute chase that finally ended on Peppers Corner Road in Frankford, Delaware. According to a Delaware State Police news release, assisting officers from the Ocean View Police Department used “stop sticks,” or tire spikes, which deflated the tires.

The chase, however, did not end there, as police said Lusby abandoned his vehicle and fled into a wooden area, where he was later spotted by Delaware State Police helicopter Trooper 2. According to the release, officers in the helicopter directed troopers on the ground to Lusby, who was then taken into custody without further incident.

Police said an investigation determined Lusby had been driving while drunk. He was charged with disregarding a police officer’s signal, resisting arrest, speeding, DUI and failure to comply with taking fingerprints, among other charges.

Lusby was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Sussex County and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $2,612 secured bail.

Worcester County State’s Attorney Kris Heiser said Lusby was released from the Eastern Correctional Institute in Westover, Maryland on Jan. 16 of this year, because he got credit for time served beginning in 2017, and because of statutory diminution credits awarded to him that are calculated by the detention center.

“Generally speaking, it’s very frustrating for prosecutors to work hard to get convictions and tough sentences only to see the reality of Maryland sentencing law offers little truth in sentencing,” Heiser said. “I think I speak for a majority of prosecutors when I say we want a three-year sentence to mean three years served.”

Josh Davis is an MDDC award-winning editor and reporter at the Bayside Gazette and Ocean City Today newspapers, covering Berlin and Ocean Pines, Maryland. He is the author of three novels, including 'Vanishing is the Last Art' (2012). He lives in Berlin.

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