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  • Couple who eluded police for weeks charged after crash near Townsend

  • A Kent County couple who reportedly led police on multiple car chases in the last month were arrested last week after crashing their car east of Townsend.
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  • A Kent County couple who reportedly led police on multiple car chases in the last month were arrested last week after crashing their car east of Townsend.
    Aaron O. Lowman, a 27-year-old Dover resident, and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Smyrna resident Marshay L. Johnson, each suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash on Del. Route 9 Thursday evening, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier.
    Their arrests ended a manhunt for Lowman, who was wanted on a probation violation, that included car chases near Dover, Cheswold and Smyrna dating back to May 7, Fournier said.
    Thursday's pursuit of Lowman began in Smyrna about 8:45 p.m. when members of the Delaware State Police's Kent County Governor's Task Force spotted a silver Nissan Altima that Lowman had used in a pursuit earlier in the day near West Glenwood Avenue.
    Troopers attempted to stop the car just west of U.S. Route 13 when Lowman fled east and then north onto the highway before turning east onto Paddock Road, where officers lost sight of the vehicle, Fournier said.
    Troopers and probation officer continued searching for the car in the area of Route 9, until a witness informed them that the Nissan had been seen heading east on Deakyneville Road.
    Troopers soon located the car heading west on Thoroughfare Neck Road and followed it onto northbound Route 9 for about a half mile where Lowman lost control of the vehicle, which overturned in a sharp curve just north of Saw Branch Road, Fournier said.
    Lowman attempted to flee on foot but was captured after a brief struggle during which he was subdued with a stun gun, Fournier said.
    Johnson was taken into custody without incident, he said.
    Inside the vehicle, troopers found a fully-loaded .22-caliber handgun, 0.25 grams of heroin, 15 prescription pills, a small about of marijuana, three hypodermic needles, additional drug paraphernalia and more than $550 in suspected drug proceeds.
    Lowman, who is currently charged only with violating probation, is being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on a $100,000 cash bond.
    Fournier said he later will be arraigned on additional charges, including intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, disregarding a police officer signal, conspiracy, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and numerous traffic related offenses.
    Johnson, meanwhile, has been charged with the same non-traffic related offenses.
    She is being held at the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on a $39,000 secured bond.
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