Central Delaware
Drug suspect charged after Dover car chase

DOVER — A 48-year-old suspect in a drug investigation fled from the scene of a downtown warrant execution Thursday and sent two victims to the hospital after colliding with their vehicle, police and documents said.

James A. Wilson Jr., of the 300 block of Cider Ridge Run in Magnolia, was first spotted across the street from the Many Things store at 239 W. Loockerman St. as police executed a search warrant.

Police said as the business was secured, Mr. Wilson — a target of the investigation — was located in the parking lot nearby. He then entered a gold Oldsmobile Alero on South New Street as Dover police officers attempted to apprehend him, Lt. Daniel J. McKeown said.

Mr. Wilson then fled out of the parking lot, striking landscaping timbers and causing approximately $50 in damage, charging documents said.

As the chase continued, police said, Mr. Wilson ran a red light at South New Street and West North Street and collided with a pickup truck traveling westbound. He then fled on foot before being apprehended a short distance from the truck, Lt. McKeown said.

Police said the driver of the truck suffered a scalp laceration and multiple contusions, which papers said required five or six staples when taken to the Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital Emergency Room in Dover.

The passenger suffered multiple contusions, a bruised knee and neck pain, papers said, and was treated and released at the hospital.

Court documents said Mr. Wilson threw open the door of his vehicle, smashing it into a Dover PD vehicle’s bumper, causing approximately $500 in damage.

According to court documents, 13 charges were filed, including second-degree reckless assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, disregarding a police officer signal, third-degree reckless assault, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an injury and property damage collision and two counts of criminal mischief.

Traffic violations included driving on the wrong side of a roadway, failure to stop at a red light, driving vehicle at an unreasonable or imprudent speed and failure to yield right of way.

Mr. Wilson was arraigned at JP Court 7 in Dover and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna in default of $18,475 secured bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for next Friday morning in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas.
The search warrant was conducted by officers from the Dover PD Drug, Vice and Organized Crime Unit, Safe Streets Unit and Quality of Life Task Force.

Police said no drugs were found at the business, but an undisclosed amount of currency was seized. Lt. McKeown said the investigation is continuing.

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