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  • Troopers injured while trying to arrest Townsend man on drug charge

  • Two state troopers were injured Thursday while trying to apprehend a Townsend man they allegedly spotted buying heroin in Wilmington.
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  • Two state troopers were injured Thursday while trying to apprehend a Townsend man they allegedly spotted buying heroin in Wilmington.
    David Rhoades, the 35-year-old Townsend man, also was injured during the scuffle and later admitted to Wilmington Hospital for treatment of an undisclosed, pre-existing medical condition, according to Delaware State Police Cpl. John Day.
    The melee occurred after the unidentified troopers saw a pedestrian engage in what appeared to be a drug transaction with Rhodes, a passenger in a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix, about 8:20 p.m.
    The troopers later stopped the car in the 2900 block of North Market Street and ordered Rhoades to exit the vehicle, Day said.
    One of the troopers attempted to handcuff Rhoades, who "violently resisted" and attempted to flee, resulting in a lengthy struggle between the Townsend man and the two state troopers, during which all three fell to the ground.
    One of the troopers attempted to use a Taser to subdue Rhoades, who unsuccessfully tried to take the stun gun from the officer before it could be used, Day said.
    Eventually, the troopers were able to put handcuffs on Rhoades, who reportedly later was found to be carrying 2.6 grams of heroin in his jacket.
    The Department of Corrections assumed custody of Rhoades at Wilmington Hospital on a warrant for a probation violation. Troopers have since obtained warrants charging him with possession of a controlled substance in a Tier II quantity, two counts of second-degree assault, resisting arrest and attempting to remove a weapon from a law enforcement officer.
    Day said Rhoades will be arraigned on those charges following his release from the hospital.
    One of the troopers who arrested Rhoades was treated at Wilmington Hospital for hand and leg injuries, while the second was treated for a minor hand injury, Day said.
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