Harrington Police were forced to call for backup the night of June 27 when the family of a disorderly conduct suspect attempted to intimidate the officers.
The case began at 6:04 p.m. when officers on patrol responded to a report of a disorderly person in the area of Mill and East streets, said police spokesman Lt. Earl Brode.
The suspect, identified as Adrena Long, 23, of the 700 block of Collins Ave., Seaford, began yelling and cursing at the officers and started to walk away, Brode said. Police ordered her to return, which she did, while continuing to verbally abuse them; she began resisting when officers were trying to take her into custody, Brode said.
Seeing this, Long's family and friends began arriving on the scene and became disorderly as well, requiring the officers to request assistance from the Delaware State Police and the Felton Police Department. Long was taken into custody and the other officers were successful in getting the crowd to disperse, Brode said.
Long was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, and released pending a future court appearance.
Brode said the police investigation showed Long had been arguing with a man, but officers could not determine why because the man and other witnesses refused to cooperate.