A New Castle man driving a stolen car led Dover police on a 20-mile chase that ended when Delaware State Police were able to stop the vehicle near Odessa on Sunday.
The driver is identified as Malachai DeBruce, 44, department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.
The case began at about 5:11 p.m. when a Dover officer on patrol on North Dupont Highway near the Dover Mall spotted the car, which had been reported stolen out of New Castle.
The officer tried to stop the car, but DeBruce fled up the highway toward Smyrna and then drove onto Del. Route 1 at the exit near the Smyrna Diner. State troopers eventually forced DeBruce into one lane, and used stop sticks to deflate the vehicle’s tires.
DeBruce surrendered without further resistance, Hoffman said.
He is charged with receiving stolen property (the vehicle), disregarding a police officer’s signal and 29 additional traffic offenses, and is being held at the Vaughn Correctional Center.