Police officer injured following vehicle and foot pursuit in Newark

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A Newark man is behind bars after police say he assaulted an officer after leading him on on a foot pursuit on Elkton Road in Newark following a traffic stop.

NEWARK (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Newark Police say 26-Year-Old Javon Harding of Newark is behind bars, not for leading a Newark police officer on a vehicle and foot pursuit, but for a separate unrelated warrant.

Following the ordeal, a judge released Harding on an unsecured bail, but Harding was sent to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington on an unrelated warrant.

Photo Submitted | Javon Harding of Newark

Police say it all happened Tuesday night just after midnight on Casho Mill Road and Thorn Lane, when a Newark Police officer observed Harding operating a vehicle without it’s headlights on.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but the vehicle fled onto Elkton Road then onto O’Daniel Avenue, where the driver fled on foot., police said.

The officer chased the driver on foot and the driver was taken to the ground, where the driver resisted attempts to place him into custody., police said.

“During the course of the struggle to handcuff the driver, an officer sustained a laceration to his hand and some of the officer’s equipment was damaged.,” Said police spokesman Andrew Rubin. “The officer was treated and released for the injury to his hand.”

Rubin added, “During the foot pursuit, the driver was observed discarding a bag that was later found to contain more than 130 bags of suspected heroin and larger bags of crack cocaine, along with drug paraphernalia.”

Harding was transported to Newark Police headquarters where he was charged with Assault Second Degree on a Law Enforcement Officer, Possession With Intent to Deliver Heroin, Possession With Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Disregarding a Police Officer’s Signal, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Mischief Under $1000, and Traffic violations.

Harding appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was released on $9,152 unsecured bail. He was transported to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington on an unrelated capias.

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