Delaware State Police this week arrested 42-year-old Franklin D. Conaway of Georgetown on criminal and traffic charges following a pursuit early Monday morning.
According to the DSP, on Oct. 19, around 12:33 a.m., a trooper traveling south on Friendship Road in the area of Autumn Road, Millsboro, observed a beige Chevrolet Suburban pulling a utility trailer traveling northbound on Friendship Road, allegedly with fictitious registration plates and a taillight not working on the trailer. The trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, police said, but the driver allegedly failed to stop and proceeded to flee the area.
Stop sticks were deployed during the pursuit, which resulted in the left side vehicle and trailer tires becoming deflated, but the vehicle allegedly continued traveling at a low rate of speed. The driver, later identified as Franklin D. Conaway, was allegedly observed throwing suspected heroin and suspected methamphetamine out the passenger-side window.
According to police, Conaway allegedly continued traveling in the surrounding area until he lost control of the vehicle, and it became disabled when turning onto Park Avenue. Conaway, they said, complied with commands to exit the car and was taken into custody without incident.
A search of Conaway incident to his arrest resulted in discovery of multiple bags of suspected heroin and a large knife located on his person, police said. Approximately 0.238 grams of suspected heroin, 0.57 grams of suspected methamphetamine and suspected drug paraphernalia were seized.
Conaway was transported to Troop 4, where he was charged with: Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (a felony); Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited (a felony); Disregarding a Police Officer Signal (a felony); two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Driving While Suspended; two counts of Criminal Mischief Under $1,000; Driving Under the Influence of Drugs; Failure to have Insurance Identification; two counts of Operation of Unregistered Motor Vehicle; two counts of Cancelled Registration Plate; Failure to Transfer Title; Failure to Remain within a Single Lane; Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device; seven counts of Failure to Stop at Stop Sign; five counts of Failure to Signal; Improper Passing; Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road; Improper Tail Lights; Operating Vehicle with Window Tinting; and Driving at Unreasonable Speed.
Conaway was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $26,050 cash bond.