Dover man arrested following crash into bus

DOVER — A 26-year-old Dover man was arrested on Tuesday morning after crashing a stolen vehicle into a DART bus, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

Officers initially responded to the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at approximately 9:14 a.m. for a report of a stolen work truck in the area that was reported stolen to Delaware State Police Troop 3, authorities said.

Levi Collins

Officers located the vehicle with four occupants and attempted to stop it in the area of Federal Street. The vehicle continued onto Loockerman Street and proceeded eastbound, attempting to elude officers, police said.

As the vehicle approached the intersection of Loockerman Street and S. DuPont Highway, two occupants exited and immediately surrendered to police. The vehicle, who police said Levi Collins was driving, continued to flee, and failed to negotiate a turn in the area of River Road, striking a stopped DART Bus.

At that time, police said, a third passenger surrendered to police and Mr. Collins fled on foot. Following a brief foot chase, Mr. Collins was arrested without further incident.

Three occupants from the DART Bus sustained minor injuries and were treated at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover and later released. Following investigation, police alleged that three passengers in the stolen truck were unaware that it was stolen and repeatedly asked to be let out and Mr. Collins refused, continuing to flee.

Charges included receiving stolen property, disregard police officer signal, unlawful imprisonment (three counts), second-degree reckless endangering (three counts), resisting arrest, third-degree vehicular assault (three counts), aggressive driving and several traffic violations.

Mr. Collins was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on a $6,507 secured bond.

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