City police told on Wednesday that a New Jersey man was taken into custody after a lengthy vehicle chase. A domestic-related investigation was done in Dover after the chase ended.

According to Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman, the chase was done on Tuesday and it started around 8:45 a.m. when an officer was sent to the 200 block of E. Sheldrake Circle in the Cannon Mills neighborhood in the city’s west side by the Dover Police Department after an individual asked to check if the woman there was alright.

The officer who responded observed that there was a domestic-related incident and attempted to contact 38-year-old Omar Davis at the scene, who escaped by running toward the back of the neighborhood and into a construction site next to Dover High School. From there, he stole a Ford F-250 truck that belonged to Dixie Construction and escaped. Before he started travelling east on Forrest Avenue, he hit a parked construction vehicle.

Hoffman added that another city officer attempted to pull over Davis but he succeeded in escaping from him also, “often traveling in the opposite lane to drive around traffic or disregard traffic signals”. He continued travelling east on Division Street and then turned onto southbound U.S. 13 and drove on Bay Road. Davis took a U-turn through a grass median near Miller Drive to travel north on U.S. 13, then took a U-turn again through the grass median near College Road to travel south on the highway.

Near Lakeview Drive, he travelled south in northbound lanes where he struck the side of another vehicle that was travelling near his vehicle. He then took a U-turn onto White Oak Road where on-duty officers attempted to pull him over. He turned on southbound U.S. 13 again from where police chased him into Camden.

After that, he collided with a mini-van; the accident happened near the Lowe’s and Diamond Motorsports businesses in Camden from where he attempted to escape from the officers. A Dover woman was behind the wheel of that vehicle which was hit by Davis’s vehicle.

No individual sustained injury in the chase.

After the accident, Davis was taken into custody by a Dover Police Department K-9.

The woman sustained minor injuries for which she was rushed to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover.

After some time when Davis was arrested, police came to know that he was wanted by the Cumberland County (New Jersey) Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear in court on a charge of eluding police. 44.9 grams of marijuana was also found in the home in which Davis was living. Davis was taken to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the accident and during his stay there, he damaged a hospital room window.

According to Hoffman, Davis faced multiple charges including:

•             Resisting arrest

•             Motor vehicle theft

•             Disregarding a police officer’s signal

•             Marijuana possession

•             Drug paraphernalia possession

•             Two counts of second-degree reckless endangering

•             Second-degree vehicular assault

•             Four counts of criminal mischief

•             Being a fugitive from another state

•             37 traffic offenses from the pursuit and crashes

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