Middletown police said as the suspect fled, he was seen throwing a handgun toward a retention pond and was later caught with 465 grams of marijuana.
A Newark man was arrested on drug and weapons charges in Middletown Friday, April 20.
At about 11:27 a.m., Middletown police received a report of shots fired in the Middletown Village community. Responding officers were informed that the suspect was fleeing in a black Dodge Charger with a Delaware license plate.
Officers arrived and found the suspect’s vehicle in the area of Ash Boulevard and Foxtail Lane.
The driver, later identified as Devantee Smith, 21, of Newark, fled on foot from officers.
As he fled, he was seen throwing a handgun toward a retention pond, police said. After a short chase, Smith was apprehended by Middletown officers. He was found to be in possession of approximately 465 grams of marijuana. The discarded handgun was recovered near the edge of the retention pond.
Smith was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a controlled substance in a tier 1 quantity with an aggravating factor, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, resisting arrest, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while his license was suspended or revoked, police said.
Smith was arraigned and released on a $26,650 unsecured bond to await another court appearance.