Vehicle chase leads to multiple charges for Laurel man

BLADES — Delaware State Police arrested a Laurel man Saturday after he led troopers on a pursuit and resisted arrest.

Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said the incident occurred at approximately 3:12 p.m. when a trooper witnessed a grey four-door sedan with a Maryland registration traveling northbound on Seaford Road north of Easter Lane in Blades.

The vehicle allegedly crossed a double solid yellow center line into the path of a vehicle traveling southbound. The vehicle had to swerve to avoid being struck by the suspect vehicle. As the trooper activated the emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the vehicle, the driver allegedly accelerated and a pursuit ensued.

Lenear B. Kellam

Sgt. Bratz said the suspect vehicle recklessly sped away and passed other vehicles on the right shoulder of the road. The vehicle continued and turned onto north Seaford Road into the town limits of Blades and then turn right onto East 6th Street at an alleged high rate of speed. The vehicle entered into the Little Meadows Development and drove to a dead-end road at Summit Drive and fled on foot through a wooded area.

Multiple units from the Delaware State Police, Seaford Police Department and the Bridgeville Police Department along with Delaware State Police Aviation Unit responded to assist in the search for the suspect. The suspect, described as a black male wearing a white tank T-shirt and dark shorts, was observed in a wooded area and was given verbal commands which he complied with and was arrested without further incident.

The driver, identified as Lenear B. Kellam, 18 of Laurel, was searched which revealed allegedly four bundles (41 bags) of heroin in his pocket. A computer check revealed Mr. Kellam did not have a driver’s license, was wanted out of Sussex County Superior Court for Violation of Probation on $9,000 cash bond and the vehicle was reported stolen out of Maryland.

Mr. Kellam was transported to Troop 5 where he was charged with, among others, manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to deliver a controlled substance with an aggravating factor, receiving stolen property value over $1,500, disregarding a police officer signal, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia not related to personal use quantity marijuana or person, aggressive driving, reckless driving, driving without a valid license, failure to remain within a single lane, overtaking/passing on the right, driving vehicle at unreasonable or imprudent speed.

He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $28,050 cash bond.

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