Officials: Police Pursuit Ends With Fire, Foot Chase And Drugs

Delaware State Police have arrested 33-year-old Antoine Burgess of Dover on multiple charges following a pursuit that occurred on Wednesday afternoon, according to Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Leonard DeMalto.

DeMalto said on April 13th, 2022, at approximately 1:33 p.m., a trooper on patrol in the area of South Dupont Highway and South Governors Avenue in Dover observed a black Audi Q7 with a canceled registration traveling southbound on South Dupont Highway.

The trooper initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle accelerated away and a pursuit ensued. The operator of the Audi left the roadway, drove through the sports fields at the Kent County Recreation Center, and became disabled after striking a fence on Oats Lane in Wyoming said DeMalto. The operator exited the vehicle and attempted to flee the area on foot. Troopers gave chase and successfully took the suspect, identified as Antoine Burgess, into custody without further incident.

A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of approximately 0.11 grams of cocaine said DeMalto. A 22-year-old female victim who was a passenger in the vehicle was transported to Kent General Hospital for minor injuries.

Although State Police did not mention the response of firefighters from Station 41, FSU has learned that firefighters were dispatched to the scene for reports of a vehicle on fire.

A computer inquiry revealed that Burgess had a revoked driver’s license and active warrants for his arrest. Burgess was transported to Troop 3 and charged with the following offenses:

Reckless Endangering First Degree (Felony)
Disregarding a Police Officer Signal (Felony)
Criminal Mischief
Resisting Arrest
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Driving While Suspended or Revoked
Numerous traffic violations

Burgess was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court # 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $6,012 secured bond.