UPDATED: Police Arrest Millsboro Man who Abandoned Child During Traffic Stop


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UPDATED – 8-11-18 – A Millsboro man has been charged with multiple drug and traffic offenses after a July traffic stop when he ran from police – and abandoned his 9 year old child.  When police recovered 28 year old Steven Verley’s vehicle – they found not only his child – but an assortment of drugs and paraphernalia.  Warrants were issued for Verley on Friday – he turned himself in at Troop 5.


Delaware State Police spotted a vehicle making an illegal turn in the Seaford area.  A traffic stop was made and when Troopers contacted the driver, they smelled marijuana coming from inside the car.  Police also spotted a child in the front passenger seat and asked the driver, 28 year old Steven Verley of Millsboro, to get out of the car.  Instead he drove off with police in pursuit.  However Verley was driving aggressively at a high rate of speed so police ended their chase.  Seaford Police later saw Verley walking with his son, but when Verley spotted the officer he left his son and ran into a wooded lot.  Police took custody of the child – police are still looking for Verley.  His car was found abandoned and police seized marijuana, crack cocaine, 2 oxycodone pills and drug paraphernalia and a prescription bottle with 1 oxycodone and 42 Percocet pills not prescribed to Verley.   Police have warrants for Verley for a variety of drug and traffic offenses and 2 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.