29-year-old Brandon T. Showell arrested

Delaware State Police have arrested a Seaford man after a traffic stop allegedly led to an assault on a law enforcement officer.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, June 5, at about 5:30 p.m. when a trooper initiated a traffic stop on a 2002 Dodge Durango on German Road for failure to stop at a stop sign. The trooper made contact with the driver, who initially provided a false name.

The driver attempted to place the vehicle in drive, at which time the trooper's arm became entangled in the steering wheel and the driver accelerated forward. As the trooper was being dragged alongside the vehicle, he attempted to deploy his taser and the vehicle then came to a sudden stop. A struggle ensued over the taser and the trooper, at this point, was able to free himself from the side of the vehicle. The driver, later identified as 29-year-old Brandon T. Showell, then exited the vehicle and fled on foot but was apprehended. 

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

He was subsequently charged with second-degree assault 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 and traffic violations. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $10,000 cash-only bond.

The trooper was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.