Dover Police have arrested a local man, identified as Edward D. Sturgis, 38, on drug and weapons charges after he attempted to flee following a traffic violation.

Dover Police have arrested a local man on drug and weapons charges following a traffic violation. Police made the arrest after the vehicle’s driver, identified as Edward D. Sturgis, 38, of the 100 block of Alonzo Drive, Dover, attempted to flee when the officer signaled him to stop. According to documents released by Justice of the Peace Court 7, Dover, Sturgis drove his vehicle through the Town Pointe development at speeds up to 76 mph while failing to stop at five stop signs. Sturgis then abandoned the vehicle and tried to run, but was caught by the officer. A search of the vehicle, a Ford Fusion bearing Ohio license plates, turned up 20.9 grams of a substance believed to be marijuana as well as a loaded Taurus .38-caliber handgun carrying three round of ammunition. A computer check showed the handgun had been reported as stolen. Sturgis was charged with possession of a weapon by a person prohibited, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited, carrying a concealed deadly firearm, receiving a stolen firearm, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, disregarding a police officer’s signal and several additional traffic violations. Some of the charges resulted from a 1997 case where Sturgis was convicted of attempted murder. Sturgis was ordered held on a $34,150 secured bond pending a Jan. 24 preliminary hearing.