Delaware State Police

02/21/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/21/2024 15:11

Troopers Arrest Man for 5th Offense DUI, Gun, and Drug Charges Following Pursuit

Date Posted: Wednesday, February 21st, 2024

The Delaware State Police have arrested 41-year-old Lee Books on multiple charges, including 5th offense DUI, following a pursuit through Sussex County Tuesday night.

On February 20, 2024, at approximately 12:10 a.m., a trooper on patrol on John J. Williams Highway in the area of Banks Road observed a black Ford Explorer swerving off the road while traveling westbound. The trooper initiated a traffic stop, and the Explorer failed to stop. Troopers pursued the vehicle from Millsboro to Bridgeville, during which the vehicle ran a red light and a stop sign and committed multiple traffic violations. In an effort to stop the fleeing vehicle, tire deflation devices were deployed, eventually causing the Explorer to stop on South Main Street in Bridgeville. The driver, identified as Lee Books and a female passenger, were taken into custody without further incident. A search of Books and the vehicle led to the discovery of a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun with a 15-inch barrel, brass knuckles, a 6-inch fixed blade knife, a woman's wallet containing drug paraphernalia, approximately 56.57 grams of GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate) and additional drug paraphernalia.

The female passenger was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and subsequently released. Books was transported to Troop 7, where he was charged with the following offenses:

  • 5th Offense DUI (Felony)
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony)
  • Possession of a Destructive Weapon - Sawed Off Shotgun (Felony)
  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Felony) - 3 counts
  • Disregard a Police Officer Signal (Felony)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - 8 counts
  • Leaving the Scene of a Property Collision
  • Driving While Suspended or Revoked
  • Numerous Traffic Violations

Books was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $36,415 cash bond.

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