A parolee from Yonkers, N.Y. who allegedly punched a Harrington police officer and tried to escape custody has been jailed in Sussex County.
The man is identified as Eric B. Washington, 43, said police department spokesman Lt. Earl Brode.
The incident began at 11:20 p.m. July 19, while the officer was on patrol on South DuPont Highway near Porter Street. The officer spotted Washington walking alongside the road without a flashlight, and noted he had almost been hit by a passing vehicle, Brode said. The officer contacted Washington in the parking lot of a local gas station and was talking to him when Washington allegedly punched the officer in the face, tried to steal his radio and then fled on foot.
The officer requested assistance and chased Washington, bringing him to a stop by using his Taser device, Brode said.
A search of Washington's person turned up 10 baggies of heroin weighing 0.2 grams each, 7.2 grams of crack cocaine and $4000 in suspected drug money.
After treatment at a local hospital for a foot injury sustained during the chase, Washington was charged with two counts of manufacturing, delivering or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, resisting arrest with force, tampering with physical evidence, offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief under $1,000 and two traffic-related offenses.
Mr. Washington was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute in default of a $13,002 secured bond.
The officer who was struck did not require medical treatment, Brode said.