Trooper Injured by Stranded Driver: Cops

A Delaware State Trooper trying to assist a driver whose car ran out of gas ended up in a scuffle along I-95 in Wilmington.

By Jackie Gailey
|  Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012  |  Updated 6:14 PM EDT
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Trooper Injured by Stranded Driver: Cops

Delaware State Police

John Escobosa, 31, is facing several charges for allegedly assaulting a state trooper who offered him a ride along I-95 in Wilmington.

A Delaware State Trooper was assaulted while trying to help a driver whose car ran out of gas on I-95, according to Delaware State Police.

John Escobosa, 31, of New Castle was walking along the shoulder of I-95 northbound near Basin Road with an 8-year-old boy on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m., said investigators. A trooper arrived and offered Escobosa and the child a ride to a gas station, said police.

The trooper explained to Escobosa that he would need to conduct a cursory pat down search before allowing him into the patrol car, the trooper then asked Escobosa if he had any weapons, and according to police, Escobosa claimed he had a knife.

Police told NBC10 the trooper then attempted a pat down search to remove the knife from Escobosa and felt a handgun concealed in his pants pocket. The trooper was able to remove the gun and place it on the patrol car out of Escobosa's reach.

Investigators say Escobosa tried to resist arrest and there was a struggle. More troopers arrived on the scene and took Escobosa into custody. Escobosa was found to be in possession of the handgun, brass knuckles and two pocket knives, said police. A search of his car located two spent handgun shell casings and a police style baton, according to investigators.

Escobosa is facing several charges including carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a deadly weapon by person prohibited, resisting arrest with force that causes injury and endangering the welfare of a child.

The trooper was treated at Christiana Hospital Trauma Center and released.

The child, who police say was identified by Escobosa as his stepson, was not injured and was turned over to relatives.


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