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Pair Arrested on Felony Drugs Charges Following Pursuit

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Delaware State Police arrested Arthur Bentley, 56, and Stephanie Evans, 35, both of Felton, DE on felony drug and related charges after a pursuit on Thursday night.

On May 26, 2022, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Delaware State Police Kent County Governor’s Task Force observed Arthur Bentley and Stephanie Evans occupying a 2005 Toyota Sienna Van in the area of Millchop Lane and Walnut Shade Road. Both suspects are currently wanted on several active capiases, have outstanding arrest warrants, and Stephanie, the operator of the van has a suspended driver’s license.

A traffic stop was initiated but the suspect vehicle fled. While in pursuit of the Sienna, troopers observed Arthur discarding suspected narcotics from the passenger side of the vehicle on Barney Jenkins Road. When the Sienna approached the stop sign at Barney Jenkins Road and Upper King Road, Arthur exited the van and began to walk away. Stephanie continued to flee in the van. Arthur initially resisted arrest but was successfully taken into custody a short time later. Troopers also continued chasing Stephanie in the Sienna and again observed her throwing suspected narcotics from the vehicle. Stephanie was successfully taken into custody after exiting the van and running through a corn field on Turkey Point Road.

Subsequently, troopers discovered approximately 29.5 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 1.134 grams of heroin, approximately 11.4 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and over $1,000 in suspected drug proceeds from within the vehicle and discarded during the pursuit.

Arthur and Stephanie were transported back to Troop 3 and charged with the following crimes:

Arthur Bentley: Possession of a Controlled Substance in Tier 3 Quantity (Felony); Possession of a Controlled Substance in Tier 1 Quantity (Felony); Possession With Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (Felony)- 2 counts; Tampering With Physical Evidence (Felony); Resisting Arrest; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana.  Arthur was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $65,600 cash bond.

Stephanie Evans: Possession of a Controlled Substance in Tier 3 Quantity (Felony); Possession of a Controlled Substance in Tier 1 Quantity (Felony); Possession With Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (Felony)- 2 counts; Tampering With Physical Evidence (Felony); Disregard a Police Officer Signal (Felony); Conspiracy 2nd Degree (Felony); Resisting Arrest; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of Marijuana and Numerous Traffic Violations.  Stephanie was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #2 and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $82,100 cash bond.

Source: DE State Police Newsroom

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