Man charged in connection with ramming police vehicle in a stolen car

March 9, 2019

A Maryland man sought by police after they say he rammed a police car in Bridgeville while driving a stolen car was arrested March 8 during a Laurel traffic stop.

Steven L. McCormick, 22, of Salisbury, Md., had been wanted by police since Feb. 28 when he fought with his girlfriend at her home in Magnolia, and he punched her several times before damaging her phone to prevent her from calling 911, said Sgt. Richard Bratz of the Delaware State Police. McCormick then drove off in a stolen 2010 gray Ford Fusion, Bratz said.

On the same date, Bratz said, the stolen vehicle was reported at Walgreens at 9202 Commercial Drive, Bridgeville. As the first trooper arrived on scene and attempted to exit the patrol vehicle, he said, McCormick drove at the trooper and slammed into the passenger side of the patrol vehicle. The trooper exited the vehicle and began giving commands, but McCormick backed the car into the side of the patrol vehicle in an attempt to prevent capture, Bratz said. The trooper sustained minor injuries, he said.

Another trooper arrived on scene and exited his patrol vehicle to assist when McCormick recklessly drove the stolen vehicle at the trooper, forcing him to jump out of the way to avoid being struck, Bratz said. McCormick fled the scene and was observed traveling on Route 13 in the area of Bridgeville Road. A computer check revealed his Maryland driver’s license was suspended, Bratz said.

On March 8, police saw McCormick leave a residence in the 14000 block of Shiloh Church Road, Laurel, and get in a silver GMC pickup truck. A traffic stop was initiated and McCormick was located lying down in the back seat of the vehicle, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police. Police found him with 124 bags of heroin, one Ecstasy pill and over $200 in suspected drug proceeds, Jaffe said. McCormick was taken into custody without incident and taken to Troop 5 where he was charged with theft of motor vehicle, malicious interference with emergency communication, offensive touching, criminal mischief, reckless endangering, resisting arrest, vehicular assault and other drug charges. McCormick was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $43,600 cash only bond.