Laurel man charged with felonies after pursuit


LAUREL - Keivon Quailes, 29, of Laurel was arrested on numerous felony charges after he attempted to flee from a traffic stop with a gun in his possession Monday, Delaware State Police said.

Spokesman Master Cpl. Leonard DeMalto said that at approximately 2:43 p.m., a trooper on patrol in Laurel observed a tan Mercury Montego traveling eastbound on Laurel Road approaching Old Stage Road. A computer check of the Mercury’s registration showed that the tag belonged to a gray Chrysler Sebring, not a Mercury Montego, police said.

The trooper stopped the Mercury on Old Stage Road and contacted the driver, who said that he did not have his license with him. The driver provided a false name and date of birth, and when questioned by the trooper he fled the scene, police said.

Troopers began pursuing the car after a Stop Stick was used to deflate one of its tires to slow its speed, police said. The Mercury continued through Laurel and westbound on Sharptown Road before crossing two separate fields and stopping in the area of Sharptown Road and Mount Pleasant Road.

The driver, identified as Mr. Quailes, was taken into custody without further incident. A computer check showed that he had a suspended driver’s license and multiple active felony warrants for his arrest, police said.

A vehicle search led to the discovery of a loaded handgun with no serial number, police said. Mr. Quailes is a convicted felon prohibited from possessing firearms.

Mr. Quailes was charged with possession offenses including firearm during the commission of a felony, firearm by a person prohibited, and ammunition by a person prohibited, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, disregarding a police officer signal, criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and numerous traffic violations. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $94,650 cash bond.

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