- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Two men who fled from a Delaware trooper who says he caught one of them shooting up heroin crashed into another car, critically injuring a woman and seriously injuring a man, police said Friday.

A trooper found a man injecting a hypodermic needle into his arm inside a car in a Wilmington shopping center on Thursday night, police said. The trooper ordered the man and his passenger to put their arms in the air and not move.

Instead, Delaware State Police say they fled. The trooper put on his emergency lights and gave chase.

Less than a mile later, the fleeing car T-boned another vehicle. The driver of the car that was hit, 55-year-old Martin Spencer of New Castle, was taken to a hospital in serious condition. His passenger, 53-year-old Mary Smith of Wilmington, was hospitalized in critical condition.

The driver of the car, 32-year-old Stephen Jefferis of Wilmington, was arrested at the scene of the crash after a brief struggle and had 19 bags of heroin with him, police said.

Jefferis faces a slew of charges, including first-degree assault, disregarding a police signal, driving under the influence of alcohol and heroin, and other traffic-related offenses. He’ll be formerly charged after he’s released from the hospital, where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

It was unclear whether he had an attorney.

The passenger in his car, 26-year-old Michael Whitaker of Wilmington, had non-life-threatening injuries. No charges have yet been filed for him.

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