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Officers Dragged by Fleeing Theft Suspect 8-31-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-21680

Date/Time:  Sunday, August 30th, 2020 at 2:51 p.m.

Location:  See Summary

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Office
Sergeant Mark Hoffman   Email: Mark.Hoffman@cj.state.de.us


Two Dover Police officers escaped injury after being dragged short distance by a fleeing suspect on Sunday afternoon.  The incident began at approximately 2:51 p.m. on August 30th when the officers responded to the West Side Car Wash on Route 8 when Darren Lewis (21) failed to pay for his services.  A short time later, officers located Lewis driving his vehicle in the area of North DuPont Highway and White Oak Road an conducted a vehicle stop.  When the officers contacted Lewis, he fled, dragging the officers for approximately 10 feet.  Lewis abandoned the vehicle in the 100 Block of Willis Road.  Officers located a 4.5″ knife in the pocket of a seat inside the vehicle and 1.5 grams of marijuana.

Lewis later returned to West Side Car Wash to pay for his services and was taken into custody without further incident by Dover Police.

Lewis was committed to SCI on a$33,000 secured bond on the following charges:
-Reckless Endangering (2x)
-Possession of Deadly Weapon During Commission of Felony
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Disregard Officer’s Signal
-Possession of Marijuana
-Theft of Services
-Traffic Offenses

Darren Lewis
Dover, DE
Age: 21