A New Castle man, his girlfriend and his mother all were charged June 16 after fighting with a trooper at the Georgetown Division of Motor Vehicles who tried to arrest the man on an active capias that was out for his arrest.
Kenneth Leitch, 23, was at a DMV counter at 2:50 p.m. when an employee told police Leitch had an active capias out of New Castle County Court of Common Pleas, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police.
The trooper told Leitch about the capias, and tried to put handcuffs on him, Jaffe said, but Leitch resisted and slapped the trooper’s hands. Leitch’s girlfriend, who was with him at the counter, then became disorderly and tried to stop Leitch’s arrest before Leitch’s mother came into the DMV and also became disorderly as she tried to prevent her son’s arrest, Jaffe said. During the struggle with Leitch, Jaffe said, the trooper was unhurt but the uniform was damaged.
Leitch was taken into custody and charged with felony resisting arrest with force or violence that intentionally prevents a peace officer from effecting an arrest, offensive touching of law enforcement officer, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $2,500 secured bond.
Leitch’s girlfriend, 21, from Harrington, and his 48-year-old mother, from Baltimore, Md., were charged with offensive touching of law enforcement officer, hindering prosecution, and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors. Both were arraigned and released on $2,500 unsecured bond.