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DUI suspect rams police cruiser

May 19, 2009 9:18:53 AM PDT
Police say a DUI suspect slammed his car into a police cruiser Monday night. It all began around 9:30 p.m. at the Super Lodge on New Castle Avenue in New Castle, Delaware.

An officer observed a man acting suspiciously - looking into vehicles. Officers approached the man, but he jumped into a silver Honda Accord and sped away.

While fleeing the man hit a marked Delaware State Police patrol car, causing damage. Officers had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit themselves.

The officers gave chase to the Honda as it fled over to Route 13 and then northbound on I-495. The suspect exited onto Philadelphia Pike and was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes.

Troopers deployed stop sticks, which successfully disabled the Honda by deflating the tires.

The Honda stopped at the intersection of Philadelphia Pike and Harvey Road. The driver resisted arrest, but was finally apprehended after an officer deployed his taser.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Larry E. Coleman of Castle Hills Drive in New Castle.

Troopers believe Coleman was under the influence of PCP. Coleman was formally charged with DUI and Resisting Arrest, among other charges.

Bail was set at $3,300 secured and Coleman was committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institute.

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