Probationer Leads Police on Vehicle Pursuit

Posted on  11/15/2013 8:43 pm


  • 2300 block of Baynard Boulevard, Wilmington, Delaware

Date/Time of Occurrence:

  • Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 3:30 a.m.


  • Antonio L. Cottingham, 35, of the 2900 block of North Madison Street, Wilmington, Delaware
    • Disregarding a Police Officer Signal
    • Resisting Arrest
    • Driving While Suspended/Revoked
    • Aggressive Driving
    • Failure to Have Insurance Identification
    • Unregistered Motor Vehicle
    • Failure to Signal (2 counts)
    • Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign
    • Failure to Stop at a Red Light (2 counts)


Photo of Antonio L. CottinghamThursday morning members of the Uniformed Services Division arrested Antonio L. Cottingham, after he led them on a car chase to his residence.

Thursday morning November 14th at approximately 3:30 a.m., Corporal Timothy O’Connor and Patrolman Leonard Moses were patrolling the area of Baynard Boulevard and North Van Buren Streets when they observed a gray Mercury Sable traveling in their direction at a high rate of speed. The officers, who had a green light, remained at the intersection to avoid a collision with the Mercury Sable. The vehicle went through the red light and the officers activated their lights and sirens in an attempt to conduct a vehicle stop. The vehicle continued on Baynard Boulevard crossing over Concord Avenue. When the vehicle reached the intersection of Baynard Boulevard and North Broom Street it came to a stop. The officers exited their patrol vehicle and attempted to make contact with the driver. The vehicle drove away heading northbound on North Broom Street disregarding traffic signals. The vehicle continued onto Miller Road through the Shopping Center and then southbound on Franklin Place. The vehicle then traveled east bound onto West 34th Street and turned southbound on North Madison Street until it stopped in the 2900 block.

Cottingham actively resisted after the officers gave several verbal commands for him to exit his vehicle. Assisting officer, Master Corporal Rich Sutton, arrived on scene and Cottingham was taken into custody without further incident.

An investigation revealed that Cottingham, who is a convicted felon and convicted drug offender, had outstanding warrants for his arrest including a Violation of Probation (VOP).

Antonio L. Cottingham was committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of a $25,000.00 cash bail.