According to Rehoboth Police, Matthew J. Allietta, 21, of Wellsburg, WV, fought with officers in the median on Rehoboth Avenue Sunday morning.
The altercation began at around 10:43 a.m., when a bicycle patrol officer observed Allietta riding his bicycle against the flow of traffic, eventually exiting the roadway onto the median sidewalk area, according to authorities.
When the officer stopped Allietta he provided the officer with a false name, police said. Allietta advised officers that he was playing Pokemon Go at the time he committed the violation. When officers further questioned Allietta about his identity, he attempted to ride away on his bicycle, according to officers. Police said that following a brief struggle, the officers were able to stop Allietta and take him into custody.
Police also say that as a result of the struggle, both the officers and Allietta sustained minor abrasions. Also, in the process of resisting the officers, Allietta rode his bicycle into a parked vehicle causing minor cosmetic damage to the vehicle.
Allietta was arrested and charged with 1 count of resisting arrest with force, a felony, and 4 misdemeanor charges to include; 2 counts of offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, 1 count of criminal impersonation, and 1 count of criminal mischief. In addition, Allietta was charged with 2 traffic violations; 1 count of driving the wrong way on a one way road and 1 count of riding a bicycle on a sidewalk.
Allietta was released on $5,102.00 unsecured bail.
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