Two arrested for reckless endangering that led to injury of trooper

Joycelyn Rhoades (left) and Tia Rhoades

SMYRNA, Del. – Delaware State Police arrested two women on reckless endangering and other charges after a trooper was injured during a traffic stop.

At around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, members of the Governor’s Task Force (GTF) stopped a vehicle for an expired registration on Route 13, and contact was made with the driver and passenger, 35-year-old Joycelyn Rhoades and 30-year-old Tia Rhoades. Both suspects initially gave officers false names, and further investigation revealed that Tia Rhoades had active capiases for her arrest.

Tia reportedly resisted arrest and took over the drivers seat, while Joycelyn also resisted and moved to the passenger’s seat of the car. Tia then proceeded to drive away at a high rate of speed with the trooper inside the passenger’s side of the car. The vehicle traveled roughly 1/2 mile before hitting a center median and becoming disabled.

It was then learned that both Tia and Joycelyn were under the influence, and drug paraphernalia was found inside the car.

The trooper was treated for minor injuries sustained in the incident and released.

Joycelyn was charged with reckless endanger first degree, resisting arrest with force or violence, disregarding a police officer signal, conspiracy second degree, offensive touching of law enforcement officer, criminal impersonation, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended or revoked, failure to have required insurance, driving a vehicle under the influence, and expired tags. She was held at the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $5,551 secured bond.

Tia was charged with reckless endanger first degree, resisting arrest with force or violence, disregarding a police officer signal, conspiracy second degree, offensive touching of law enforcement officer, criminal impersonation, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended or revoked, and driving a vehicle under the influence. She was held at the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $5,750 secured bond.

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