Dover man charged in high speed chase

James E. Palmer

DOVER — A felony disregarding a police officer’s signal charge was lodged against a 21-year-old Dover man wanted after a high speed chase last week that covered approximately four miles, an arrest affidavit stated.

James Palmer initially evaded Dover Police in the Wyoming area following a vehicle pursuit that reached approximately 83 mph early last Thursday night. Officers of a proactive three-member Street Crimes Unit said he fled on foot from a blue Honda Accord and could not be located despite assistance from a Dover Police K-9 unit and Delaware State Police Aviation.

The incident began at approximately 6:14 p.m. in the Food Lion parking lot at 1030 Forrest Avenue, when police said Mr. Palmer was spotted in a vehicle and known to be wanted on four Family Court Capiases and another out of Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover.

A traffic stop ensued, and police said Mr. Palmer sped away in his vehicle as officers tried to open the driver’s side door. Multiple police vehicles followed the vehicle, which stopped in the area of Westville Road and Greens Village Drive. The driver left the car and fled through a portion of Fifer’s Orchard, police said.

According to police, a K-9 located a wallet on the ground with items identifying Mr. Palmer, including a driver’s license number found to be suspended.

Other charges included reckless driving, driver’s license suspended/revoked, aggressive driving, second-degree reckless endangering, resisting arrest, unsafe speed, improper lane change, driving on right shoulder of road and five counts of failure to signal. After arraignment through Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach, the case was transferred to the Kent County Court of Common Pleas.

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