A Deputy was assaulted by a Suspect during a traffic stop
Posted: Jul 9, 2018 7:50 PM
(Salisbury, Md) - A Wicomico Sheriff's Deputy had to be treated for injuries suffered Sunday morning July 8, 2018, when he was assaulted by a suspect.
The deputy attempted to stop a vehicle operated by Ronnell Stevenson for a traffic violation but Stevenson did not stop right away, continuing a short distance onto the property of the Foxfield Apartments. Stevenson immediately exited his vehicle and became argumentative with the deputy over the reason for the stop. During the encounter, the deputy could detect the odor of what was identified as marijuana emanating from within Stevenson's vehicle. The deputy obtained the driver's license and registration from Stevenson who then sat in his vehicle.
Instead of waiting for the conclusion of the stop, Stevenson grabbed a backpack from inside the vehicle and began running from the scene of the traffic stop. The deputy immediately gave chase and caught up with Stevenson who aggressively resisted the efforts of the deputy to take him into custody. At one point Stevenson had the deputy in a choke hold as the struggle ensued. The deputy managed to release himself from Stevenson's grasp but was temporarily incapacitated and unable to give immediate chase due to a significant injury sustained during the struggle. The deputy managed to get up and eventually located Stevenson in the nearby vicinity and detained him as additional deputies arrived, however, Stevenson had discarded the book bag.
Stevenson was arrested on numerous charges including first-degree assault. He's being held without bond.
The deputy was subsequently treated and released from Peninsula Regional Medical Center