Dover duo arrested after fleeing troopers in alleged stolen car

DOVER — A missing bumper first drew suspicion, leading eventually to a pursuit and arrest of two 22-year-old Dover men in a stolen vehicle Monday afternoon, authorities said.

Deandre T. Bennett was driving a Hyundai Accent seen at the Royal Farms at 1512 Fast Landing Road.

Delaware State Police troopers were dispatched to the scene at 3:12 p.m. to investigate, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

The troopers located the vehicle in the parking lot, checked the license plate and learned it was reported stolen by Dover Police.

Deandre T. Bennett

A vehicle chase began when the Accent exited the parking lot, police said. The alleged stolen vehicle was disabled after it hit a curb on Twin Oaks Road, authorities said.

After the crash Mr. Bennett and passenger Zemondra Jackson got out of the vehicle and fled on foot, police said.

Mr. Jackson was taken into custody without incident shortly afterward, Cpl. Jaffe said.

Dover Police joined the search for Mr. Bennett, who was located behind a shed at a home at the intersection of McKee and Rose Bowl roads, police said.

The men was taken to DSP Troop 9 in Odessa and processed.

Zemondra Jackson

Mr. Bennett was charged with felony receiving stolen property, disregarding a police officer signal and second-degree conspiracy, along with resisting arrest, reckless driving and driving without a valid license. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover and held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna in lieu of $3,650 secured bond.

Mr. Jackson was charged with felony receiving stolen property and second-degree conspiracy, and resisting arrest.

He was arraigned before JP Court 7 and committed to JTVCC on $2,500 secured bond.

Dover Police handled the vehicle’s recovery, authorities said.

 

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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