29-year-old Matthew Patchett charged

Delaware State Police arrested a 29-year-old Laurel man wanted on burglary charges after he led them on a pursuit early Friday morning.

The incident occurred on November 23 at 2:50 a.m. A trooper canvasing the Royal Farms at 30983 Sussex Highway in Laurel noticed wanted suspect Matthew Patchett sitting in the driver's seat of a Chevrolet Silverado. The trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop when Patchett fled southbound on Sussex Highway (Route 13).

Patchett traveled at high speeds, in excess of the post limit, and traveling back and forth across the center line. He eventually stopped the vehicle, just south of West Snake Road, and when the trooper attempted to contact him, he took off again, driving in an unsafe and aggressive manner. The suspect vehicle was lost but later recovered by the Laurel Police Department behind a residence on Dogwood Lane.

Patchett again fled in the vehicle, this time north on Dogwood Lane and with a female in the passenger's seat, almost colliding head-on with a trooper's patrol vehicle. His vehicle finally became disabled on Old Sharptown Road, just east of Williams Road, where Patchett fled on foot, but was quickly apprehended.

Patchett was charged with second-degree burglary, felony theft, two counts of first-degree reckless endangering creating a substantial risk of death to another, resisting arrest with violence or force and intentionally fleeing from a peace officer, disregarding a police officer signal, DUI, registered sex offender failure to verify address as required and numerous traffic violations. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $8,750 secured bond.