Police: Wanted Ne­wark man wrecks truck while flee­ing from of­fi­cers

Newark Post - - POLICE BLOTTER - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

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.

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