A 25-year-old Greenwood man is facing numerous criminal charges after leading police on a five-mile, high-speed chase with four children in his car.
The chase began when a state trooper witnessed Frank R. Lovett speeding east on Teatown Road, southwest of Milford, about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday and attempted to stop his brown Chevrolet Caprice, Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.
Lovett continued driving east before turning left on northbound Lindale Road, where he attempted to escape the trooper by driving at a high rate of speed, Fournier said.
Lovett then turned onto westbound Abbotts Pond Road, before briefly heading west in the eastbound lane of Williamsville Road prior to turning onto southbound Deep Grass Lane.
Fournier said the car finally came to a stop after Lovett entered a dead end at Unity Lane, not far from where the chase began in southern Kent County.
Lovett exited the vehicle and was immediately taken into custody.
Inside the car, police found a 9-year-old girl, a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl improperly restrained in their seats. A 1-year old girl also in the car was properly restrained in a car seat, Fournier said, adding that all four children were later released to the custody of relatives.
Police also reportedly found less than half a gram of marijuana in the car.
Lovett is charged with four counts of reckless endangerment, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest, disregarding a police officer's signal, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspend or revoked license and 12 related traffic offenses.
Lovett was booked by the Kent County Governor's Task Force at Troop 3 in Dover, Fournier said. He is being held in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on a $12,620 secured bond.