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Two Arrested Following Stolen Vehicle Pursuit

Incident Number:  50-23-9522

Date/Time: Monday, March 27, 2023 at 9:32 p.m.

Location: South State Street and East Water Street Dover, DE 

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: Ryan.Schmid@cj.state.de.us

Narrative: The Dover Police Department has arrested Christopher Houck, 25, of Dover, and Ontia Lofland, 25, of Laurel, on several charges following a pursuit in a stolen vehicle Monday night. The investigation began when Officers observed a White Ford Transit van in the area of South State Street and East Water Street. A records check revealed the vehicle was reported stolen. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at which time it fled and a pursuit began throughout the City. The pursuit ultimately ended on Savannah Road in Dover when the vehicle got stuck in a field. The occupants were taken into custody without incident and identified as Houck and Lofland. Through further investigation, Houck was linked to stealing a City of Dover vehicle over the weekend. Both individuals were transported to Dover Police where they were processed and arraigned. 

Houck was committed to SCI on $4,350 cash bail on the following charges:
-Theft of a Motor Vehicle
-Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree
-Receiving Stolen Property
-Failure To Stop on Police Command
-Numerous Traffic Offenses

Lofland was released on her own recognizance on the following charge:
-Receiving Stolen Property