Seaford man faces felony charges after domestic altercation

Delaware State Police have arrested 43-year-old Rodney Dale after he led troopers on a vehicle pursuit, in an attempt to avoid arrest on domestic assault related charges. On Saturday, March 17, around 5:48 p.m. a 37-year-old Bridgeville woman reported a physical domestic situation which she had just been involved in with her boyfriend, Rodney Dale.

Officials say the victim and Dale became engaged in a verbal altercation when the victim tried to leave but Dale would not allow her to. The victim attempted to call 911 while Dale began to make threatening statements towards her and proceeded to strike her in the face with a closed fist. Police then say Dale placed his forearm against the victim's throat restricting her breathing as he attempted to take possession of her cell phone..

After a brief struggle between the two, Dale threw the set of car keys at the victim, striking her in the face. Once re-gaining possession of the keys she was able to flee to a friends residence, before responding to Troop 5 to report the incident.

An ambulance was requested for the victim, regarding injuries sustained during the altercation. She was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released. Troopers prepared a warrant charging Dale with domestic assault related charges. Troopers continued to search for Dale throughout the night, and around 1:00 Sunday morning, Troopers located Dale in Seaford.

Troopers activated the lights and siren on his fully marked patrol vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle refused to stop, with a pursuit commencing, which ultimately ended when Dale's car struck a guardrail. Once the vehicle came to a stop the operator, who was confirmed to be Dale, fled on foot. The Trooper gave chase and eventually caught up with Dale, who then stopped running. Dale failed to comply with repeated verbal commands to get on the ground and instead turned and faced the Trooper in a fighting position. The Trooper then used his taser effectively taking Dale to the ground and was then taken into custody. Dale was transported to Troop 5 where he was arrested with arraigned on multiple charges.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).


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