Dover arrest results in injuries for officer; one charged

Mario Westbrook, 35, Homeless

A man is facing charges, after police say he injured an officer while being taken into custody, in Dover.

The Dover Police Department says on Thursday, just before 7:30 PM, an officer responded to loitering complaint in the parking lot of Wawa located at 290 on South DuPont Highway. Once on scene, police say the officer noticed 35-year-old Mario Westbrook, who is homeless and matched the description provided on the call. 

According to the report, the officer attempted to contact Westbrook but he refused to comply and continued to walk away while refusing to provide his name or identification. As the officer then tried to detain Westbrook, police report that he pulled away and stood in a fighting stance. The officer reportedly tased the 35-year-old in an effort to subdue him, but it had no effect.

Law enforcement says Westbrook then removed backpacks he was carrying and began fighting with the officer, while he attempted to take him into custody.

The 35-year-old was later taken into custody once additional officers arrived on scene.

Dover PD says the original responding officer suffered a fractured finger and a ruptured tendon on his left hand as a result of the incident.

Westbrook was charged disorderly conduct, assault first degree (law enforcement victim), trespass third degree, resisting arrest with force (felony). He was turned over to James T Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $21,200 secured bond.

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