Harrington man arrested for attempting to flee from officers

HARRINGTON, Del. – Harrington Police arrested a man after he reportedly attempted to flee from officers during a traffic stop early Thursday morning.

Just before 5 AM, an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle in the Royal Farms parking lot for a traffic violation. As the officer was getting out of his patrol vehicle, the driver, identified as 20-year-old Laquan Johnson, of Harrington, reportedly accelerated and fled from the officer.

The officer pursued the vehicle through several streets across town, eventually obtaining a registration number. The officer decided to discontinue the pursuit for safety reasons, as the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner. The vehicle eventually crashed on Little Mastens Corner Road, in the area of Hopkins Cemetary Road.

Johnson and an adult passenger were taken into custody without incident. They were both taken to Milford Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained as a result of the crash. The passenger was released from the hospital and is not facing any charges.

Johnson was released from the hospital and taken to the Harrington Police Department for processing. He was charged with disregarding a police officer signal, speeding, driving at unreasonable speed, driving without a license, aggressive driving, and several other traffic offenses. He was arraigned and released on $2,210 unsecured bond.

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