Police: Man Facing Felony Charges After Fleeing Early Saturday

The Delaware State Police have arrested 50-year-old Martin Lagasse of Millsboro, Delaware on felony drug charges and other offenses following a vehicle pursuit that occurred early this morning.

Officials said on January 7, 2023, at approximately 2:18 a.m., a trooper patrolling the Millsboro area observed a 2016 blue Kia Forte traveling southbound at a high rate of speed on Gravel Hill Road south of Zoar Road. The trooper attempted to stop the Forte, but the driver did not comply and instead fled eastbound on Mount Joy Road. As the car approached John J. Williams Highway, another trooper deployed Stop Sticks on Mount Joy Road, which deflated one of the Forte’s tires according to police. The car continued eastbound onto Oak Orchard Road at a high rate of speed and eventually stopped on Delaware Avenue. The driver exited the car and began running away, but the trooper was able to take him into custody after a short foot chase and taser deployment.

The driver, identified as Martin Lagasse, was found to be driving while impaired and in possession of approximately 28.46 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 0.014 grams of heroin, approximately 0.76 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia police said. Lagasse was taken to Troop 4 and charged with the following crimes:

  • Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance in a Tier 3 Quantity (Felony)
  • Disregarding a Police Officer Signal (Felony)
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Numerous traffic charges

Lagasse was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $66,610 cash bond.