A Dover man has been arrested after he allegedly stole a woman's car and led police on a chase through west Dover.


Dover Police have arrested a local man after he allegedly carjacked a woman’s automobile and led police on a chase through west Dover.

The incident began at 3:45 a.m. Sept. 19, in the 400 block of Barrister Place, according to documents released by Justice of the Peace Court No. 7, Dover. The victim said she was leaving Barrister Place when the suspect, identified as Stephone L. Powell, 24, came out of a home and got into the car with her and four children.

The victim said Powell was “visibly intoxicated,” according the police report.

The woman said Powell took her cell phone when she tried to call 911, and grabbed and pulled on the steering wheel when she tried to drive to the Dover Police Department for help. The victim said she took the children from the car after arriving at police headquarters, after which Powell allegedly drove off in the car.

Shortly afterward, Powell was spotted by a patrol officer, but ignored orders to stop. The officer pulled over the car near Woodmill and South Farmview drive and took Powell into custody after a short foot chase.

A sobriety test indicated Powell had a blood alcohol content reading of 0.127, according to the court documents.

Powell was charged with a single count of first-degree carjacking, disregarding a police officer’s signal, resisting arrest and malicious interference with emergency communications, five counts of reckless endangering, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and various traffic charges. He also had been ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Powell was ordered held in lieu of a combination of $26,250 secured and unsecured bond.