Police Pursuit Leads to Gun and Drug Charges in Seaford

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SEAFORD, DE – Police in Seaford arrested Dontra Batson, 37, for drug, DUI, and weapon charges following a vehicle pursuit that occurred in the Seaford area on Sunday morning.

“On Sunday, at approximately 2:57 a.m., a Delaware State Police trooper on patrol observed a blue Ford Escape traveling at a high rate of speed on southbound Sussex Highway in the area of Concord Road,” police said. “The trooper saw the Escape exit the southbound lanes of Sussex Highway and begin traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. The trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver, later identified as Dontra Batson, fled from the area and proceeded eastbound on Concord Road.”

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According to police, a short time later the Escape struck a residence on Haven Drive, and Batson began fleeing on foot. The trooper gave chase and was able to take Batson into custody without further incident. Batson displayed signs of impairment, and a DUI investigation was conducted.

“A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of approximately 2.89 grams of marijuana, approximately 0.15 grams of cocaine, and a Ruger 9-millimeter handgun. A computer inquiry revealed that Batson is a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm,” the DSP said in a report on Tuesday.