WATERLOO – A Minnesota man who had been living in Waterloo under an assumed name has been sentenced to prison for leading police on a high-speed chase with children in his truck in 2016.
Delveccio Lavelle Smith, 36, pleaded to felony eluding and three counts of misdemeanor child endangerment on Jan. 12 in Black Hawk County District Court. He also pleaded to drug and contraband charges for cocaine he had on his person when he was booked into the county jail following the pursuit.
Smith was sentenced to 10 years in prison for bringing cocaine into the jail with a series of concurrent lesser sentences for the chase.
Smith is also wanted on federal weapons charges in Minnesota, and the plea came as an alleged accomplice of Smith’s was sentenced to prison on gun charges in a 2015 shooting in Minneapolis.
The chase at about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6 when Waterloo officers pulled him over his Ford F-150 pickup in the area of Ravenwood Road and Saint Francis Drive. He allegedly showed police another person’s ID card, and when police asked him to step out of the truck, he drove off.
No one was injured when his truck crashed into to parked cars at Crossroads Square Apartments and came to a rest on the lawn. Smith ran from the truck, leaving the three children inside unattended, but was captured a short time later.
Authorities said Smith, who had an outstanding federal arrest warrant, had been living in Waterloo under an assumed name and had allegedly attempted to alter his fingerprints while in jail after his arrest.
A federal grand jury in Minnesota indicted Smith --- who has prior robbery and drug trafficking convictions --- and a man named Jimmy Leeartis Martin on firearm charges in October 2015. On Monday, Martin was 6sentenced to five years and three months in prison in the case.
Court records allege Martin and Smith were involved in a July 22, 2015, broad daylight drive-by shooting on Irving Avenue North in Minneapolis. A high-speed chase with police ensued, and the two allegedly ditched their vehicle. Police found a stolen .45-caliber Ruger pistol in nearby bushes, and the weapon had Martin’s fingerprints, records state.
Martin, 29, is currently serving more than 20 years for a Minnesota robbery in 2015 where he and three others allegedly entered a home and shot bound victims to force them to tell him where money and drugs were located, court records state.