A Milford police officer was injured Thursday when a Harrington man twice rammed his vehicle into the officer's patrol car while attempting to flee from police.
The officer, who police did not identify, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Milford Memorial Hospital and released. The officer's K-9 partner, who also was in the vehicle, was not injured, police said.
The incident occurred on Abbotts Pond Road about 3 p.m. after police attempted to stop a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Joseph A. Levan, following a month-long investigation into illegal drug sales, according to Milford Police Department spokesman Detective Dwight Young.
Levan reportedly refused to exit his vehicle before ramming the patrol car head on. Levan's vehicle was rendered inoperable by the collisions and he was taken into custody soon after the crash.
Levan was later found to be in possession of 130 bags of heroin, totaling 5.2 grams, Young said.
Following Levan's arrest, Milford police raided a home in the 200 block of North Street, where they seized another 54 bags of heroin, surveillance equipment, drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of money, he said.
Levan is charged with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal mischief.
He is being held at the Sussex Correctional Institute in Georgetown on a $290,000 cash bond, plus an additional $50,000 cash bond issued by the Delaware Division of Probation and Parole, Young said.