Traffic stop leads to assault on state trooper

SEAFORD – Delaware State Police arrested a 29-year-old Seaford man Tuesday after a traffic stop escalated into an assault on a state trooper.

Brandon T. Showell

Brandon T. Showell faces numerous charges in connection with the incident that occurred about 5:24 p.m. June 5 on German Road after the trooper initiated a traffic stop on a 2202 Dodge Durango for failure to stop at a stop sign, state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

The driver of the Durango initially provided a false name, and as he attempted to place the vehicle in drive the trooper’s arm became entangled in the steering wheel.

As the driver accelerated forward the trooper was dragged on the side of the vehicle during which the trooper attempted to deploy his TASER.

When the vehicle stopped, the trooper and driver struggled over the TASER which enabled the trooper to free himself from the side of the vehicle, Cpl. Jaffe said.

Showell, later identified as the driver, exited the vehicle and fled on foot and was subsequently apprehended and taken into custody.

A computer check revealed that Showell was wanted for a Sussex County Superior Court Rule 9 robbery 1st warrant along with several violation of probation and court capiases.

Showell was transported to Troop 5 where and charged with assault second degree on a law enforcement officer, removing a deadly weapon from law enforcement, resisting arrest with force, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, criminal mischief, criminal impersonation, driving while revoked, and two counts of failure to stop at a stop sign.

Showell was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $10,000 cash only bond.

The state trooper was treated at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and released.

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