High speed chase ends in crash, passenger injured

DOVER — A 21-year-old Dover man was charged with 14 offenses Tuesday following a high speed chase that ended with his vehicle crashing into a tree, Delaware State Police said.

While driver Devon G. Walker was apparently uninjured, his passenger suffered a forehead laceration requiring stitches or staples and possibly a concussion and/or skull fracture, state police alleged in an arrest affidavit.

According to a trooper, Mr. Walker sped away when ordered to exit a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer after a initial traffic stop for an alleged seatbelt violation on East Lebanon Road at approximately 9:04 a.m. Police had also detected a registration violation, the affidavit said.

Two state police patrol vehicles gave chase as the Blazer turned on to Rising Sun Road, traveling over 60 mph in a 40 mph speed zone, police said.

The Blazer went off the road and crashed into an entrance sign as it turned onto Royal Grant Way, then hit a Dover Electric box before slamming into a tree, according to the police report.

The passenger emerged from the disabled vehicle, police said, and at gunpoint complied with an order to lay on the ground. He was not handcuffed due to his injuries, police said.

While Mr. Walker said he would go to the ground upon leaving the vehicle, police said he did not. A trooper holstered his gun and took the driver to the ground without incident, police said.

Handcuffed in a patrol vehicle, Mr. Walker “continued to state he had a firearm in the vehicle underneath the front seat,” police said.

The passenger was transported by EMS to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover for medical treatment.

Three more troopers arrived on the scene as statements from the driver and passenger were taken.

A trooper found a loaded black Taurus PT 111 G2 9mm pistol with no bullet in the chamber in the vehicle, police said. Police said Mr. Walker acknowledged that the firearm was his, but he didn’t realize it was in the vehicle.

Also, according to police, Mr. Walker allegedly said he had recently smoked marijuana.

While being transported to Troop 3, police said Mr. Walker began complaining of head and shoulder pain. He was taken to Kent General for medical treatment.

Delaware Department of Transportation personnel arrived to clear the tree blocking Royal Grant Way and a Dover Electric crew responded to replace the broken pedestal, police said. A Chambers Towing truck removed the vehicle from the scene without incident, police said.

At the hospital, police said Mr. Walker agreed to take a blood draw that was taken at 10:55 a.m.

“Devon could not conduct any Standardized Field Sobriety Tests due to his alleged injuries nor could a Drug Influence Evaluation be completed,” a trooper wrote in court documents.

Afterward, police said, “Devon was discharged from the hospital with no apparent or minor injuries.”

Mr. Walker was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover.

Charges included possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, first-degree vehicular assault while under the influence of drugs, disregarding a police officer signal, resisting arrest, possession of a firearm while under the influence, aggressive driving, failure to have required insurance.

Violations included failure to transfer title and registration, failed to remain within a single lane, failure to wear seatbelt, speeding and improper turn signal.

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