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Dover Post
  • Suspect struggles with officers during arrest

  • Dover Police have arrested a local man, identified as Melvin Williams, 35, after he allegedly fought with two officers.
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  • Dover Police have arrested a local man, identified as Melvin L. Williams, 35, after he allegedly fought two officers during a DUI investigation.
    The case began at 6:31 p.m. March 1, on Forrest Street, west of Lincoln Street, when a Dover patrol car was nearly struck by another vehicle, said police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman.
    The officer stopped the car and had started a DUI investigation when Williams failed to provide identification to the officer and became belligerent, Hoffman said.
    Williams allegedly tried to get out of his car, hitting the officer in the leg. A struggle ensued, and Williams was taken into custody after a second officer arrived.
    Williams was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7, and charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief. He was charged under a second warrant with DUI, driving with a suspended license, failure to have an insurance card, reckless and careless driving and other traffic offenses. He also was wanted on several bench warrants, Hoffman said.
    Williams, whose address was given in the 400 block of Alder Road, Dover, was jailed at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of a $30,600 cash bond.
    The first officer reported his uniform trousers were ripped during the altercation and he suffered injuries to both hands. The officer was treated for bruising at the Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital emergency room and released. 

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