Police: Wanted Newark man wrecks truck while fleeing from officers
A Newark man is facing numerous gun and traffic charges after allegedly wrecking his car while fleeing from police last week, authorities reported.
Sgt. Gerald Bryda, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department, said Shane W. Scott, 21, was wanted for possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.
On Jan. 24, NPD’s Street Crimes Unit was conducting surveillance in an attempt to find and arrest Scott. At around 4 p.m., officers found him in a Ford F-150 pickup truck parked near a McDonald’s located in Harmony Plaza at the corner of Stanton-Ogletown Road and Harmony Road.
“An officer in an unmarked police vehicle pulled up behind Scott with his emergency lights activated, as several other officers converged on foot toward the vehicle,” Bryda said.
Scott sped out of the parking lot, driving over a grassy embankment, a sidewalk and a curb to get to Stanton-Ogletown Road. Bryda said. Near the intersection of Prides Crossing, he attempted to drive over a pedestrian island, causing him to lose control of the truck. The vehicle hit a 2002 Toyota Solara and flipped over several times.
Scott, who allegedly was driving without insurance or a valid license, got out of the wrecked truck and ran away. Officers caught him on Rustic Drive, a short distance from the crash site, Bryda said. Police found marijuana and a loaded handgun near the vehicle.
The driver of the Toyota, identified only as a 63-year-old woman, was taken to nearby Christiana Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Scott was charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, reckless driving, resisting arrest, third-degree vehicular assault and more than a dozen other offenses. He was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $43,500 cash bond.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Cpl. Ken Odom at KOdom@newark.de.us or 302-366-7100 ext. 3472.