Domestic Incident Leads to Vehicle Pursuit and Barricade Causing Major Traffic Delays
Incident Number: 50-23-15149
Date/Time: Monday May 15, 2023 at 3:15 p.m.
Location: Unit Block of Vera Way, Dover, DE
Contact: Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid Email: Ryan.Schmid@cj.state.de.us
Narrative: An 18-year-old female of Dover is receiving treatment at an area hospital following a domestic incident that lead to a vehicle pursuit and barricade, causing major traffic delays. The incident began when Officers were called to the unit block of Vera Way for the report of a domestic where a female was in possession of a knife threatening another subject. Upon officers arrival, the female, an 18-year-old of Dover, was still in possession of the knife and when officers confronted her, she entered a vehicle and drove away which prompted officers to pursue her. The 18-year-old drove westbound to McKee Road and College Road where she stopped and officers attempted to take her into custody. While officers were attempting to take her into custody, the 18-year-old pulled out a large knife and reversed her vehicle, striking a Dover Police patrol vehicle. The 18-year-old then drove northbound on McKee Road to Scarborough road, eventually traveling southbound on North DuPont Highway, before coming to a stop in the southbound lanes in the 1100 Block of North DuPont Highway. The pursuit lasted approximately 10 minutes. Officers made contact with the 18-year-old at the window of the vehicle and she expressed the intent to harm herself with the knife while refusing to exit the vehicle. An ambulance was requested and the northbound and southbound lanes of North DuPont Highway were closed in the immediate area. Members of the Dover Police Department’s Crisis Negotiations Team spoke to the 18-year-old for approximately an hour and 29 minutes before she exited the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident. The 18-year-old was transported to an area hospital for an evaluation. No one was injured during this incident and no vehicles were damaged. Given the sensitive circumstances surrounding this incident, the names of the individuals will not be released.
It’s incidents like this that remind us that we never know what someone is going through and mental health affects everyone. If you, or someone you now is struggling with mental health issues, reach out to the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 1-800-950-6264, or the Mental Health Association of Delaware at 302-654-6833.
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