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Georgetown man faces traffic, drug charges

October 20, 2020

A Georgetown man faces charges after failing to halt during a traffic stop Oct. 19 and throwing drugs out of the vehicle window.

Franklin D. Conaway, 42, was pulling a utility trailer behind a Chevrolet Suburban at 12:33 a.m. on Friendship Road near Autumn Road when a trooper tried to pull him over for fictitious registration plates and a taillight not working on the trailer, said Master Cpl. Heather Pepper of the Delaware State Police.

Conaway did not stop and continued driving even after stop sticks were deployed, deflating the left-side tires of the vehicle and trailer, Pepper said, although the vehicle continued traveling at a low rate of speed. Police then saw Conaway throw what they suspected was heroin and methamphetamine out the passenger-side window, Pepper said.

Conaway eventually lost control of the vehicle when it became disabled on Park Avenue; he exited the car and was taken into custody without incident, Pepper said. During a search of Conaway, she said police found multiple bags of suspected heroin and a large knife on his person. Police found about .2 grams of heroin, .57 grams of methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. He was taken to Troop 4 and charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, possession of a deadly weapon by person prohibited, disregarding a police officer signal, and other drug and traffic charges.

He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $26,050 cash bond.

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