DUI suspects switch drivers during chase

July 7, 2008 9:02:01 AM PDT
State police in Delaware say a man and woman switched seats during the holiday weekend while they were being chased down a state highway.

Troopers answered the call about a vehicle driving erratically along Route 1 in Sussex County, Delaware, near Lewes just after 9 a.m. Saturday. Police say when troopers spotted SUV, the vehicle - being driven by a woman - didn't have a license plate and was crossing into oncoming traffic.

When troopers turned on their lights and sirens as the SUV turned onto Kings Highway, troopers saw the woman didn't stop and the woman driver and a male passenger switch seats. Once the man was behind the wheel the SUV sped up and nearly collided head-on with another vehicle, according to police.

After hitting about 80 miles an hour, the driver finally lost control, hit a curb and flipped the SUV on Dartmouth Road in the area of Kings Highway. When the male driver tried to run away, a trooper chased him down. The trooper suffered a knee injury during a scuffle.

Police identified the woman as Shelly R. Hack, 28, of Georgetown. She faces Disregarding a Police Officers Signal (felony), Reckless Driving, Driving while Suspended and several other traffic violations. The man, identified as Leonard D. Eley, 30, of Milton, Delaware, faces DUI, Reckless Driving, Assault 2nd on a Police Officer (felony), Resisting Arrest (misdemeanor), Disregarding a Police Officer's Signal (felony) and several other traffic violations.