Suspect chase in Rehoboth Beach lands officer in hospital

James McKeown, 21, of Sterling, Va.

Police say they arrested a Virginia man after he reportedly ran from an officer, causing injuries to the authorities.

The Rehoboth Beach Police Department says they saw an individual inside the Wilmington Avenue boardwalk pavillion, with what police suspected to be marijuana around 11:30 PM, on Monday. Police say the officer also smelled marijuana, and based on his observations, he requested back-up. Police identified the the individual as 21-year-old James McKeown, of Sterling, Virginia.

According to the report, McKeown led the officer on a foot chase, which ended when he ran through the back of a restaurant, past employees, before jumping the front counter, and fleeing out of the entrance onto the boardwalk. Now in the area of Baltimore Avenue, officials say an officer was able to tackle McKweown to the ground and take him into custody. During this struggle, the officer reportedly hit his head on the wood surrounding a foot washing station on the boardwalk, which resulted in an concussion. The officer was transported to Beebe health campus and was later released.

Authorities say McKeown was charged with one count of resisting arrest with force, a felony, one count of disorderly conduct, and one count of possession of marijuana. He was later released on $2,550 unsecured bail.

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