Steven D. Verley, of Millsboro, is in custody.
UPDATE: Steven D. Verley turned himself in at Troop 5 on Friday, August 10. He was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of endangering the welfare of child, disregarding a police officer's signal and other traffic-related offenses. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $32,950 secured bail.
Delaware State Police are looking for a suspect who fled from police and, in the process, abandoned his nine-year-old son.
Monday, July 30, at around 8:30 p.m., troopers on patrol in the Seaford area observed a black Volkswagen Jetta fail to use its turn signal as it made a U-turn on Route 13 at Brickyard Road. A traffic stop was initiated and the vehicle stopped in the parking lot of the Southern Grill Restaurant. Upon contact with the driver, 28-year-old Steven D. Verley of Millsboro, an odor of the marijuana was detected. As Verley was being asked to step out of the vehicle, he put the car in drive and a pursuit ensued.
A child was seated in the front passenger’s seat. Due to the high rates of speed and aggressive manner in which Verley was driving, the pursuit was terminated for the sake of the child.
The Seaford Police Department later observed Verley walking in the area of North and Liberty Street with his son. Once Verley spotted police, he abandoned his son and ran into a vacant wooded lot. Police immediately took custody of the child, who was unharmed and later turned over to a relative.
A search of the surrounding area for Verley was unsuccessful, but troopers did locate a prescription bottle with numerous pills, containing 42 Percocet pills and one 10 milligram oxycodone pill and not prescribed to Verley, along with money he had thrown.
The vehicle Verley was driving was located abandoned at a residence on North Street. A search of the vehicle yielded a marijuana blunt (1.02 grams), marijuana (6.51 grams), crack cocaine (2.36 grams), two oxycodone pills (5 milligrams) and drug paraphernalia.
Troopers have been unable to locate Verley, who currently has active warrants for third-offense possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, three counts of drug paraphernalia and traffic offenses. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact Troop 5, Corporal J. Rollins at 302-337-8253. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.