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Del. Man Flees Traffic Stop, Dies in Crash

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RIDGELY, Md.- Maryland State Police say a Delaware man with an invalid license, and wanted on a traffic warrant, died early Wednesday after he crashed a car while fleeing a traffic stop in Caroline County.  

Troopers said that shortly after 2:30 a.m., 30-year-old Cecil A. Barrett of Dover was speeding while driving a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu southbound on Oakland Road. Trooper First Class Christopher Norton stopped him near Benedictine Lane.

Police said Barrett was the sole occupant of the car. As the trooper and Barrett talked, another vehicle pulled up behind the trooper's car. Troopers said Barrett told Norton that was his girlfriend, and seconds later, Barrett hit the gas and fled from the traffic stop while Norton was still standing by the driver's door.

A mile from the original stop, Barrett veered to the left and crashed in a field on the 1700 block of Oakland Road. Norton called for EMS personnel to respond to the scene. EMS personnel pronounced Barrett dead.

Police said a preliminary investigation shows Barrett was southbound on Oakland Road, missed a curve, crossed the centerline and the northbound lane, became airborne, then overturned at least four times through a farm field before the vehicle came to a stop. Police said Barrett was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

State Police say they processed the scene and found a bag containing five smaller bags of suspected marijuana packaged for street sale laying along Oakland Road. Troopers said they believe the bag was thrown from the car Barrett was driving.

Police checked Barrett's Delaware license and said they found it was suspended and revoked. He was also wanted in Delaware on a warrant for traffic-related charges.

Authorities said Norton had minor injuries from running back to his patrol car after Barrett fled the traffic stop.

The roadway was closed, but reopened shortly before 10 a.m.

The investigation is ongoing.

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