Laurel man arrested after high-speed pursuit in Blades

BLADES – An 18-year-old Laurel man was arrested and jailed Saturday, facing drug possession and a slew of other charges after leading state police on a high-speed pursuit through the town of Blades.

Lenear B. Kellam

Lenear B. Kellam was taken into custody after he was spotted in a wooded area, where fled after the high-speed vehicle chase, said Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz.

The incident began Aug. 25 at about 3:12 p.m. when a trooper on patrol observed a vehicle with Maryland tags cross the double centerline on Seaford Road into the path of another vehicle, which swerved to avoid a collision.

As the trooper activated emergency equipment, the vehicle recklessly sped away and passed other vehicles on the right shoulder on the roadway.

The suspect vehicle entered the town of Blades and turned onto East 6th Street at a right rate of speed. After entering the Little Meadows development, the driver reached a dead-end road at Summit Drive and fled on foot into a wooded area.

Multiple state police units, Seaford Police Department and the Bridgeville Police Department along with DSP Aviation Unit responded in the search.

Searched after he was apprehended, authorities found four bundles (41 bags) of heroin in Kellam’s pocket, Sgt. Bratz said.

A computer check revealed Kellam did not have a driver’s license, was wanted out of Sussex County Superior Court for Violation of Probation on $9,000 cash bond and the vehicle was reported stolen out of Maryland, said Sgt. Bratz.

Kellam was transported to Troop 5 and charged with:

  • Manufactures, delivers, or PWID a controlled substance w/ an aggravating factor;
  • Receiving Stolen Property Value Over $1,500;
  • Disregarding a Police Officer Signal;
  • Resisting Arrest;
  • Possession of Drug Paraph Not Related to Personal Use Qty Marijuana or Person;
  • Aggressive Driving;
  • Reckless Driving;
  • Driving Without a Valid License;
  • Failed to remain within a single lane;
  • Overtaking/passing on the right, except as permitted by law, is unlawful;
  • Driving Vehicle at Unreasonable or Imprudent Speed;

Kellam was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $28,050 cash bond.

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