Man held in June high speed chase

CLAYTON — A wanted 31-year-old Middletown man was apprehended Wednesday regarding an alleged high speed chase in northern Kent County five months ago, authorities said in court documents.

Clayton Police filed an arrest warrant for Lamont R. Doster after an officer terminated an alleged vehicle pursuit that reached 80 mph and covered seven miles in seven minutes early on the morning of June 16.

Mr. Doster, who plead not guilty when appearing at Justice of the Peace Court 2, was charged with felony disregarding a police officer’s signal and 10 other alleged offenses. He was initially held by the Delaware Department of Correction on a $5,000 secured bail.

The alleged incident unfolded at approximately 2:37 a.m. when a patrol officer detected a license tag issue and performed a vehicle stop on the shoulder of North Carter Road just south of Wheatleys Pond Road, the affidavit stated.

According to the officer, the driver lacked identification and explained “he was trying to get to the Wal-Mart distribution center to pick up (name redacted), who had keys that (he) needed for a residence.”

Further investigation through the Delaware Justice Information System determined that no such name existed, the Clayton officer wrote.

While the driver claimed the vehicle belonged to a friend, it was determined to be unregistered, police said.

As the officer returned to his vehicle for a DELJIS computer check, the affidavit stated, the driver fled from the stop in his vehicle and a chase ensued. The fleeing vehicle crossed left of center and into the opposite lane of travel multiple times, police said.

The driver disregarded the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights that were engaged during the entire chase, police said.

Other charges included criminal impersonation, reckless driving, failure to have insurance identification in possession, fictitious or canceled registration card, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, driver of a motor vehicle shall secure all passengers, failure to stop at a red light, speeding, failure to travel in proper lane and direction and failure to use turn signal.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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