Car theft suspects nabbed after 20-mile chase

HARRINGTON — Two teens were arrested and a third person sought after a 15- to 20-mile stolen vehicle chase late Sunday, authorities said.

The pursuit began at 11:24 p.m. and reached 80 miles per hour until the 2008 Hyundai Elantra was disabled by stop sticks, Harrington Police spokesman Capt. Earl K. Brode said.

An initial registration check during traffic enforcement on U.S. 13 indicated the vehicle was reported stolen from Kentwood Drive in Dover on July 19, police said. A patrol officer activated his emergency equipment to make a stop, but the vehicle continued northbound on U.S. 13, police said.

The chase turned onto Mid-State Road and then ended on Andrews Lake Road when the vehicle’s tires were deflated, police said. Three occupants allegedly exited the vehicle and fled.

Zion Shrouder

Passenger Zion Shrouder, 15, of Dover, was taken into custody almost immediately, police said. Arrest warrants were obtained for passenger Terrence J. Mears, 16, of Dover, who later arrived at the Harrington PD with his parents and turned himself in.

Felton and DSP joined the pursuit as well.
Charges included receiving stolen property, third-degree conspiracy and resisting arrest. Both youths were turned over to their parents pending future court appearances, police said.

Terrence J. Mears

The Elantra was towed to DSP Troop 9 for processing, authorities said.
Police said on Monday that the Elantra’s driver remained at large and asked anyone with information to call 398-4493, ext. 41 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

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