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.
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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.