Series of car chases ends in suspect’s arrest

DOVER — An intermittent three-day vehicle pursuit left two injured and more than 60 charges filed against a 36-year-old Dover man, authorities said.

The last of three separate chases ended Saturday morning with Justin Llera apprehended in the area of U.S. 13 and Lotus Street, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

An officer’s hand was wounded as Mr. Llera fled from his vehicle at approximately 8:27 a.m., authorities said. K9 Reeko joined the struggle and an injured Mr. Llera was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, treated and released. The officer’s hand will require further medical attention.

The first contact came around 2:13 a.m. Thursday in the downtown area when Mr. Llera was allegedly driving a green Kia Rio with expired tags, police said. Officers attempted a traffic stop, but authorities said the Kia fled while committing multiple traffic offenses.

Justin Llera

The vehicle was spotted in a parking lot in the 800 block of Silver Lake Boulevard, but police said it sped away after the driver was ordered to exit. The Kia jumped a curb while speeding from the scene, police said.
The second chase ensued at approximately 2:44 a.m. Saturday when the Kia was seen in the area of S. State Street and Wyoming Avenue, police said. The vehicle fled again, with numerous violations resulting. Road conditions and safety concerns for the public and officers caused the pursuit to be discontinued in the area of U.S. 13 at Webbs Lane, police said.

The last incident began in the area of North New and Cecil streets, police said.

Charges included 50 traffic violations, disregard police officer signal (three counts), second-degree assault of law enforcement officer, felony resisting arrest, resisting arrest (two counts), drug paraphernalia, reckless driving (three counts), third offense DUI and third-degree trespassing.

Mr. Llera was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in default of $22,200 cash bond.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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