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Police officer assaulted in Dewey Beach

Off-duty officer assists in arrest of Georgetown man
July 25, 2021

A 27-year-old Georgetown man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a police officer July 24 in Dewey Beach. 

Dewey Beach Police received a phone call about 8:20 p.m., Saturday, reporting an unconscious police officer at the intersection of Bellevue Street and Coastal Highway. Responding police found the officer motionless on the ground with a group of people fighting next to him. 

Police say Brandon T. Lewis was acting disorderly at The Starboard and was removed by staff. While he was being escorted off the premises, police say, Lewis assaulted a restaurant staff member and fled. The Dewey police officer observed Lewis fleeing and chased him on foot to Bellevue. An off-duty police officer from New Castle County attempted to assist the Dewey officer when he noticed Lewis was resisting. The off-duty officer was pulled away by unknown people and, police say, moments later Lewis struck the Dewey officer, rendering him unconscious. With the assistance of a concerned citizen, the off-duty officer was able to detain Lewis until Dewey officers arrived. 

Both the Dewey officer and the off-duty officer were transported to Beebe Healthcare. The off-duty officer was treated for facial lacerations and released. The Dewey police officer was admitted and is currently being treated for a head injury. He is in stable condition. 

Lewis was also transported to Beebe for minor injuries and was released. He was charged with two counts of second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with force or violence, two counts of criminal mischief and two counts of disorderly conduct. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and was being held at Sussex Correctional Institution on $35,000 bail. 

If anyone has video or any other information regarding this incident, they are asked to contact Dewey Beach Police at 302-227-1110 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333. 

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with information regarding the officers’ injuries and conditions. 

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