The Delaware State Police have arrested a Philadelphia man after he assaulted a state trooper in an attempt to flee from custody after an incident in Dover Thursday.
Troopers were called to the 2000 block of Chestnut Grove Road in Dover around 9:40 a.m., after a 47-year-old victim reported a suspicious subject on his property, police said. The victim told the suspect, who was later identified at Hughie Cooper, 31 of Philadelphia, to leave his property and Cooper did.
Police say a description of Cooper was given to the 911 Emergency Communications Center and was broadcast to responding troopers. As a female trooper was traveling on Kenton Road in the area of Chestnut Grove Road, she observed an individual that matched the description given by dispatchers. Once Cooper saw the patrol car, he immediately started running toward the area of Maple Dale Golf Course. The trooper exited her vehicle and initiated a foot pursuit with Cooper, giving several commands for him to stop, police said. The chase continued into a wooded area where the trooper observed the suspect lying on his back with his hands balled up underneath a shirt across his chest.
After Cooper failed to show his hands after numerous commands, the officer deployed her departmentally issued Taser, briefly subduing the suspect, police said. A struggle ensued between the two and in the process, Cooper was able to take control of the Taser and turn it onto the trooper causing her to receive a slight electric charge but not incapacitating. The officer was able to quickly break free from the altercation and restrain Cooper, placing her handcuffs on him, police said.
Cooper was then transported back to Troop 3 and arrested and charged with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and third-degree criminal trespassing. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Institution in Smyrna on $10,500 cash bail.
Cooper was initially transported to Kent General Hospital, police said, where he was seen for an unspecified injury before being turned over to Department of Corrections.
The trooper was taken to Kent General Hospital, where she was treated for an unspecified injury she sustained in the altercation with Cooper. She was later released.