A man from Maryland who was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in Delaware allegedly assaulted officers trying to detain him and caused one of them to require medical attention from the hospital.
Just before 9:30 PM on August 7, a man from Bel Air was driving a Pathfinder on the highway when he struck a construction barrier and a Delaware River & Bay Authority Police Department Chevrolet Tahoe.
The officer who was driving the police vehicle tried to talk to the driver, but the man reportedly refused to comply. A trooper from the Delaware State Police showed up and assisted the officer, but the man still reportedly refused to get out of the vehicle, and he allegedly tried to drive away.
Working together, the trooper and the officer were able to get ahold of the man. It was reported that he began to resist and struggle, so they pulled him onto the ground. He allegedly kept fighting and he reportedly assaulted and injured both law enforcement officers.
According to reports, while they were near the man, the trooper and officer thought he smelled like he had been drinking alcohol, and they assumed he was under the influence.
The man and one of the injured troopers were taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
After he was released from the hospital, the suspect was taken into custody and booked into the Sussex Correctional Institution. He is facing charges for felony second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, felony offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, driving under the influence, and resisting arrest. He was also cited for several traffic offenses. Currently, he is being held in lieu of a $12,325 cash bond.
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