SUSSEX, Del.- A man was killed when his vehicle went off the road and crashed into a ditch after attempting to flee a Greenwood police officer.

The incident occurred at about 12:10 early morning of Sunday as 31-year-old Javar M. James from Millsboro was driving a Pontiac Bonneville eastbound on SR 16 in Greenwood going in a high rate of speed in an attempt to escape a police officer from Greenwood Police Department.

The officer initially tried to pull over the vehicle after determining via a computer inquiry that the registered owner, 25-year-old Shannon M. Emmet from Ellendale, was wanted on a couple outstanding capiases for violating probation.

As the vehicle continued to flee, James unsuccessfully negotiated a curve to the right and went off the north side of the roadway. The vehicle slid, rolled eastbound into the grassy field where it struck a business sign and coming to a stop upright in an approximately 5 foot high drainage ditch.

The pursuing officer had initially discontinued the pursuit due to weather conditions and speed the vehicle was driving. A call from a witness directed them to the vehicles final location.

James was declared dead on the scene whilst Emmet was extricated by the EMS and initially was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital. She was later on transferred to Christiana Hospital where she was reported to be in critical state. Both James and Emmet were found out to be securely restrained inside the vehicle, according to the police.

The crash scene was temporarily closed for about three hours as investigation and clearing up took place. Investigation by the DSP Crash Reconstruction Unit still continues.

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