A Blades police officer faces charges Feb. 16 after officers with the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement say he interfered with an underage drinking arrest.
About midnight, DATE officers went to the Owls Nest, a taproom in Felton, to check on underage drinking, said Major Kevin Jones of DATE. Officers quickly discovered and arrested an underage person inside the taproom; entering a taproom by an underage person is prohibited by law, Jones said. Officers also discovered a second possible underage person drinking in the taproom who was escorted outside, he said.
While an officer was attempting to verify the identity and age of the second individual, Jones said, William J. Paskey, 26, of Harrington, forced his way in between the two and began to push the officer away, allowing the suspect to flee on foot.
Paskey continued to push the officer, even though the officer was clearly identified as a DATE officer, Jones said. Paskey appeared to be intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol, he said. When an officer tried to take Paskey into custody, Jones said, Paskey continued to push the officer, was belligerent, and flailed his arms in an attempt to avoid arrest. Paskey was subdued and taken into custody without further incident. The young person who fled was never identified.
Jones said Paskey had a loaded .380-caliber firearm during the incident. Paskey is a full-time police officer with the Blades Police Department and a part-time officer with the Ellendale Police Department, Jones said.
Paskey was charged with hindering prosecution, possession of a firearm while under the influence, interference with a DATE officer, and resisting arrest. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 and released on his own recognizance pending a future court date. Jones said the investigation is ongoing.
Editor’s note: Cape Gazette policy is to identify people charged only when the charges are felonies. While these charges are misdemeanors, we have identified the perpetrator in this case because of his positions as a law enforcement officer.