A routine traffic stop in Seaford turned dangerous when the suspect began to drive off with a state trooper hanging from his SUV, Delaware State Police said.
The trooper pulled over a man for rolling his Dodge Durango through a stop sign on German Road around 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, police said. When the trooper approached the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Brandon Showell, gave the officer a false name and attempted to pull away from the scene.
The trooper’s arm became tangled in the steering wheel, police said.
While hanging from the car, the officer attempted to deploy his Taser using his free hand. The vehicle then came to a sudden halt followed by a struggle between the officer and Showell over the stun gun.
Showell then left his SUV and made a run for it, police said.
When Showell was finally apprehended, a background check found that he was wanted for robbery along with several probation violations, investigators said.
The 29-year-old Seaford resident was charged with assault on a police officer, criminal impersonation, related counts and driving violations. He was held at the Sussex Correctional Institution on $10,000 cash only bond. It was unclear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
The trooper was treated at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and released.