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Car Chase Near Seaford Leads to Heroin Bust

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Devontay L. Turner, 22, of Bridgeville (Photo: DE State Police) Devontay L. Turner, 22, of Bridgeville (Photo: DE State Police)
Douglas E. Butler, 21, of Bridgeville (Photo: DE State Police) Douglas E. Butler, 21, of Bridgeville (Photo: DE State Police)
Vanessa Thomas-Paul, 20, of Ashburn, Va. (Photo: DE State Police) Vanessa Thomas-Paul, 20, of Ashburn, Va. (Photo: DE State Police)

SEAFORD, Del.– Delaware State Police have arrested three people on heroin and related charges following a car chase near Seaford.

Police said that at around 5:25 p.m. Sunday, a trooper on patrol near Route 13 and Herring Run Road saw a car turn into the Seaford Village Shopping Center. A computer inquiry into the registration on the car showed that it was flagged as wanted due to felony warrants for burglaries and a recent car chase with troopers, police said.

According to police, the trooper followed the car through the parking lot and activated the emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop near the southwest corner. That’s when the car made a U-turn in the parking lot and drove northbound until it was able to turn westbound on Herring Run Road, police said. The trooper continued to follow the car through the intersection of Bridgeville Highway, then northbound on Ross Station Road, southbound a short distance to Owls Nest Road until the driver of the car lost control on a sharp left corner and stopped in a cornfield, police said.

The driver, later identified as Davontay L. Turner, 22, of Bridgeville, got out of the vehicle and started to run, but was taken into custody without further incident by the trooper performing the traffic stop, police said. Two passengers in the car, Douglas E. Butler, 21, of Bridgeville, and Vanessa Thomas-Paul, 20, of Ashburn, Va., stayed inside the until they were taken into custody by assisting troopers. During a search of the car, police said they found 427 bags of heroin weighing 6.405 grams, .9 grams of cocaine, 7.15 grams of marijuana, and more than $1,100 in suspected drug money.

Butler and Thomas-Paul were charged with possession of heroin, second-degree conspiracy, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Thomas-Paul was also charged with tampering with physical evidence when police said she threw a purple bag of heroin from the passenger’s side window.  Butler is being held on $11,650 secured bond, and Thomas-Paul is being held on $12,750 secured bond.

Turner was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin, second-degree conspiracy, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, disregarding a police officer’s signal, resisting arrest, four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended ot revoked, and various other traffic-related offenses.

Police said Turner was also arrested on three other warrants from incidents that happened between May 19 and June 2, one in which was a domestic-related assault where he attempted to strangle his ex-girlfriend during an argument after he broke into her home at Hickory Tree Apartments in Selbyville. For that incident, he was charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, strangulation and offensive touching. Turner is currently being held at Sussex Correctional Institution on $80,429 bond.

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