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One arrested, one sought after police chase in Georgetown

Pursuit results in hour-long lockdown at Delaware Tech
November 3, 2017

Story Location:
Route 9
Hardscrabble Road
Georgetown  Delaware
United States

A 24-year-old Laurel man is facing charges and police are searching for a second suspect following a vehicle pursuit that led to a lockdown at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown Nov. 3.

The incident began shortly after 2 p.m., when officers with the Delaware State Police Sussex County Governor's Task Force Unit tried to stop a silver Hyundai Sonata on Route 9, east of Hardscrabble Road, for a cellphone violation, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police.

After realizing the location of the stop would have put the detective making the stop in the roadway with traffic, the detective told the operator over a loudspeaker to pull his vehicle forward, ahead of the guard rail and completely onto the shoulder of the roadway.

The driver moved the vehicle forward, accelerated and fled the scene, Jaffe said.

A pursuit ensued, but sight of the suspect vehicle was lost in the area of Asbury Road west of Georgetown.

Governor's Task Force units were assisted by the Sussex County Drug Unit, Georgetown Police Department, Troop 4 patrol, and Probation and Parole in search of the suspect vehicle, which was later found unoccupied in the parking lot of Delaware Technical Community College's Owens Campus.

A passenger, later identified as 24-year-old Shaylan Hunt of Laurel, was seen standing among the buildings on the campus talking on his cellphone, and he was arrested without incident.

Police found Hunt in possession of about 0.35 grams of cocaine and 2.37 grams of marijuana.

Delaware Tech security put the campus on lockdown as a precautionary measure while officers searched the area for the driver, later identified as 20-year-old Nevell L. Jones of Laurel.

Hunt is charged with resisting arrest, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. He was released on $750 unsecured bond.

Police are still searching for Jones, who is wanted for disregarding a police officer's signal and resisting arrest, Jaffe said.

Anyone with information regarding Jones's whereabouts is asked to call Detective S. Callaway at 302-752-3826 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333. Information also can be shared online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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