Foot chase ends with Dover man’s arrest

HARRINGTON – A 30-year-old Dover man is facing several charges from Bethany Beach and Harrington police after he allegedly attempted to flee officers during a traffic stop, authorities said.

While on patrol on Sunday at approximately 5:30 p.m. the Harrington Police Department was notified by an anonymous person that Danny W. Harding Jr., of the 400 block of Cold Spring Place, would be driving through Harrington and that Mr. Harding had active warrants out of the Bethany Beach PD and also had several active capias out of Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.

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Danny W. Harding Jr.

While patrolling the area, where Mr. Harding would possibly be at, police located him inside a vehicle parked on Cozy Wood Court. Officers took Mr. Harding into custody. While be escorted to a patrol car, Mr. Harding fled on foot and led the officers in a foot pursuit, police said. A Harrington PD officer then deployed a department issued taser on Mr. Harding and he was then taken into custody without further incident, police said.

A computer check revealed that the warrants out of Bethany Beach PD are a result of a vehicle pursuit on April 24 when Mr. Harding fled from Bethany Beach PD officers in a vehicle and led them on a pursuit before crashing the vehicle and fleeing on foot.

After being taken into custody Mr. Harding’s vehicle was searched and police located 1.6 grams of marijuana, .165 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia, according to authorities.  Mr. Harding was also driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Charges included possession of marijuana, possess or consume a controlled substance, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Bethany Beach PD charged Mr. Harding with first-degree reckless endangering, disregarding a police officer’s signal, resisting arrest and numerous other traffic charges.

Mr. Harding was arraigned via video phone at Justice of the Peace Court 7 on all charges and capiases. He was issued a $2,500 unsecured bond for Harrington charges and a $3,505 secured bond on Bethany Beach PD’s charges and the capiases. He was then committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in default of bond.

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