It wasn’t exactly the perfect getaway vehicle. A man took off on a lawnmower moments after he allegedly threw two Molotov cocktails at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment building, police said. He was arrested Saturday night after a brief, slow-speed chase.
Police said the homemade bombs — two glass Budweiser bottles filled with gasoline and plugged with rags — did not burst into flames. One of them shattered, spilling gas and sending fumes into nearby apartments. Two residents were treated for breathing problems.
Steven Coleman, 37, was arraigned in Dover District Court on Monday on charges of criminal trespass, attempted arson, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. He could face up to 31 years in jail if convicted on all charges.
At one point during the chase, Coleman “turned around and looked directly at (a police cruiser),” Dover prosecutor George Wattendorf wrote in an affidavit. “Coleman appeared calm as he was smoking a cigarette.”
Police eventually got out of their cars and walked toward Coleman. He turned himself in. Coleman said he was coming from a convenience store.