Man caught in Dover police chase gets year in prison

DOVER — A 35-year-old Dover man was sentenced to a year in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to charges connected to a 2014 police chase and subsequent arrest.

Anthony D. Benson pleaded guilty to disregarding a police officer signal and resisting arrest.

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Anthony D. Benson

He received prison sentences to be served concurrently, according to the Delaware Department of Justice. A year of Level III probation will follow, officials said.

The police officer signal count brought a two-year prison sentence in Kent County Superior Court, suspended after one year.

The resisting arrest charge included a year in prison, suspended for Level III probation.

The effective sentencing date was July 14, 2015, according to the court order.

Mr. Benson was arrested by Dover Police Department Drugs, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit members on Oct. 22, 2014, after a short vehicle chase that began in the Kings Highway and Division Street area in Dover, authorities said at the time.

When announcing the arrest, Dover Police said a loaded .38 caliber revolver and 3.6 grams of crack cocaine allegedly were located in the vehicle Mr. Benson was driving.

He was arraigned and then initially held by the Delaware Department of Correction on a secured bond.

Mr. Benson was indicted on Jan. 5, 2015.

He originally also faced charges of possession of a firearm/ammunition by person prohibited, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, drug dealing, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree reckless endangering, among other counts.

Deputy Attorney General Lindsay Taylor prosecuted the case for the state, with attorney William Deely representing Mr. Benson.

Nine previous trial dates — beginning on March 31, 2015 — were scheduled before the matter was settled on Monday, according to court records.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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