Dover Man Arrested after Attempted Burglary & Police Chase from Rehoboth Beach to Milton


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A Dover man is in custody after he tried to burglarize a home on Norwood Street in Rehoboth Beach early Friday morning. Delaware State Police say just after 3am, 44 year old Matthew Jester tried to force entry into a home and threatened the resident with a large knife. Police found Jester in his pickup but he took off – nearly striking a trooper standing nearby. Police chased Jester as he sped northbound on Coastal Highway and turned into the Milton area where a Milton officer deployed a tire deflation device and Jester was arrested – as he struggled with troopers. A search of his truck turned up a large fixed-blade knife and drug paraphernalia. Jester also showed signs of impairment.

Jester was transported to Troop 7 and charged with the following offenses:

  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)
  • Attempted Burglary First Degree (Felony)
  • 6th Offense DUI (Felony)
  • Reckless Endangering First Degree (Felony)
  • Aggravated Menacing (Felony)
  • Criminal Solicitation Second Degree (Felony)
  • Criminal Mischief Over $5,000 (Felony)
  • Resisting Arrest with Force or Violence (Felony)
  • Disregarding a Police Officer Signal (Felony)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Criminal Mischief Under $1,000
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Criminal Trespass Third Degree
  • Numerous traffic offenses

Jester was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court # 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on an $81,700 cash bond.