One man has been arrested and another sought following a vehicle pursuit that resulted in the lock down of the Del-Tech Owens Campus.
GEORGETOWN (DE): The Delaware State Police Sussex County Governors Task Force unit (GTF) have arrested a Laurel man after he led them on a pursuit in the Georgetown Area. The task Force attempted to conduct a traffic stop Friday just after 2:00 P.M. on a silver Hyundai Sonata on County Seat Highway east of Hardscrabble Road for a cell phone violation.
Police say that the GTF detective, realizing the location of the stop would have put him in the roadway with traffic, instructed the operator, over the PA loud speaker, to pull his vehicle forward, ahead of the guard rail and completely onto the shoulder of the roadway.
According to police spokesman Melissa Jaffe, the detective remained in his vehicle awaiting for the operator to comply with his instructions. The operator began moving the vehicle forward and rather than pulling onto the shoulder, he accelerated and pulled back into the travel lane on County Seat Highway, fleeing the scene.
A pursuit ensued with multiple GTF units, however sight of the vehicle was lost in the area of Asbury Road west of Georgetown. GTF units were assisted by the Sussex County Drug unit, Georgetown Police Department, Troop 4 patrol units and Probation & Parole in search of the suspect vehicle and a short time later, Georgetown Police Officers located the suspect vehicle, unoccupied in parking lot of Delaware Technical Community College (Georgetown Owens Campus).
Jaffe said, the passenger, later identified as 24-year-old Shaylan Hunt of Laurel, was observed standing in between buildings on the Delaware Tech campus talking on his cell phone. Officers were able to take him into custody without further incident. Police say he was in possession of approximately 0.35 grams of cocaine and 2.37 grams of marijuana.
Delaware Tech security put the campus on lock down as a precautionary measure while officers were searching the area for the operator, later identified as 20-year-old Nevell L. Jones of Laurel.
Meanwhile, Hunt was transported back to Troop 4 in Georgetown where he was charged with Resisting Arrest, Possession of Cocaine, and Possession of Marijuana. Hunt was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $750.00 unsecured bond.
Active warrants are currently on file for the arrest of Nevell L. Jones. Charges include Disregarding a Police Officer Signal and Resisting Arrest. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to please contact Detective S. Callaway at 302-752-3826. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com