A 29-year-old Laurel man accused of dealing heroin and cocaine led police on a short chase Thursday, before crashing his pickup truck into an unoccupied building.
The chase began about 7:45 a.m. when state troopers attempted to arrest Michael R. Chambers after witnessing him making a drug deal in the Shiloh Farms neighborhood, east of Laurel, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. John Day.
Chambers attempted to escape by driving his 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche down a driveway, through the backyards of two homes and onto a nearby roadway, damaging a residential septic system in the process, Day said.
Police reportedly discontinued the pursuit but continued to watch Chambers vehicle from a distance as he drove erratically while tossing drugs out of the window.
Chambers drove about four miles to the Shady Acres Mobile Home Park, where he lives, but crashed into the unidentified building while turning into the park’s entrance.
Chambers, who then attempted to flee on foot, was captured behind a business on Sussex Highway, Day said.
Troopers later recovered 1.5 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia from Chambers’ truck, as well as another 0.4 grams of cocaine and more than a half gram of heroin from the areas where he tossed items out of the vehicle’s window, Day said.
Chambers is charged with five counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance with an aggravating factor, three counts of tampering with physical evidence, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of criminal mischief, resisting arrest, disregarding a police officer’s signal and numerous traffic charges.
He is being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution on a $59,100 secured bail.