Man facing multiple gun, drug charges and his 5th DUI after chase, police say

Man facing multiple gun, drug charges and his 5th DUI after chase, police say

(As originally published, Wed, February 28th 2024 at 3:59 PM)

BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (TND) — A man is under arrest for his fifth DUI and a lot more after leading police on a 20-mile chase.

Delaware State Police said a trooper saw “a black Ford Explorer swerving off the road” after midnight, last Tuesday, and the driver wouldn’t stop.

They ended up following Lee Books from Millsboro to Bridgeville in the lower part of the state, and reported him running a red light, a stop sign, and other traffic violations.

Eventually, it was tire deflation devices that got him to stop.

Troopers said Books and a woman passenger had a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun with a 15-inch barrel, brass knuckles, a six-inch fixed blade knife, a woman’s wallet containing drug paraphernalia, approximately 56.57 grams of GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate), and additional drug paraphernalia.

Books faces a long list of criminal charges.

Man facing multiple gun, drug charges and his 5th DUI after chase, police say
Lee Books was charged with 5th offense DUI, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of a destructive weapon, 3 counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and disregarding a police officer signal, and those are just the felonies, Feb. 20, 2024. (Del. State Police)

The felonies alone are 5th offense DUI, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of a destructive weapon, three counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and disregarding a police officer signal.

He’s also charged with possession of a controlled substance, eight counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of a property collision, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and numerous traffic violations.

Bond for Books, 41, was set at $36,415 in cash.

His passenger was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and released.

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