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Traffic Stop Leads to Recovery of Stolen Property, Drug Charges and a Wanted Subject- Delaware City

Date Posted: Sunday, May 31st, 2020


                                                                                  (Jarvis E. Sturgis)                              (Paige A. Patterson)


Delaware City- The Delaware State Police arrested 46-year-old Jarvis E. Sturgis of Wilmington and 25-year-old, Paige A. Patterson of Newark after a traffic stop leads to the recovery of stolen property, locating a wanted subject, and other charges.

The incident occurred on Friday, May 29, 2020, at approximately 9:16 a.m. A Trooper on routine patrol traveling northbound on South DuPont Highway (SR 13) at Wrangle Hill Rd (SR 72), observed a gray Hyundai Sonata traveling in the right lane of travel abruptly change lanes and nearly caused an accident.   The trooper initiated a vehicle stop and observed metal poles sticking approximately 4 feet out of the rear right passenger window. The trooper contacted the operator of the vehicle, later identified as Sturgis and passenger of the vehicle, Patterson. Upon asking for identification from the subjects, Patterson provided a fictitious name to the trooper. Through investigative means, it was discovered the metal poles were stolen. A search of the vehicle incident to arrest yielded two-cylinder glass smoking devices identified as drug paraphernalia and two loose circular pills identified as the controlled substance, Buprenorphine.

Sturgis was taken into custody and transported to Troop 2 where he was charged with the following crimes:

  • Theft Over $1500 (felony)
  • Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Driving without a Valid License
  • Failure to Have Insurance Identification in Possession
  • Improper Lane Change

He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court and released on his own recognizance.

Patterson was taken into custody and transported to Troop 2 where she was charged with the following crimes:

  • Theft Over $1500 (felony)
  • Conspiracy 2nd Degree (felony)
  • Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree
  • Criminal Impersonation
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of Controlled Substance

Patterson also had an active warrant for Receiving Stolen Property (felony).

 Patterson was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court and was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on a $6,000.00 secured bond.

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