Officials: Police Pursuit Ends With Struggle, Trooper Injured

Lewes – The Delaware State Police have charged 36-year-old Timothy Rossi Jr. of Ellendale with multiple offenses related to a domestic assault and pursuit that occurred Saturday morning, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident began at approximately 8:00 a.m., Saturday, September 7, 2019, when Troopers responded to the Red Mill Inn, located at 16218 Coastal Highway in Lewes for a physical domestic. Upon arrival, they made contact with a female victim who advised that she had been physically assaulted by Rossi, according to Austin. After the altercation, Rossi reportedly fled in a silver Chevrolet Suburban with Delaware tags.

A short time later an officer from the Milton Police Department located the vehicle on Front Street in Milton and attempted a traffic stop, however, Rossi refused to stop and a pursuit ensued.

During the pursuit, which proceeded through Georgetown and Ellendale, Rossi drove directly at responding officer’s vehicles on multiple occasions, causing a substantial risk of harm, said Austin. Troopers were able to deploy Stop Sticks which disabled Rossi’s vehicle and it ultimately came to a stop on Maple Branch Road in Ellendale. After a brief struggle, during which a Trooper sustained minor injuries, Rossi was taken into custody. Upon being taken into custody marijuana was located on Rossi’s person as well as in the vehicle, Austin said.

Further investigation resulted in the search of a second vehicle possessed by Rossi, which produced a box containing 31 rounds of Federal 380 ammunition, for which he is prohibited to possess, added Austin.

Rossi was transported to Troop 4 where he was charged with the following criminal offenses along with multiple traffic charges related to the pursuit:

Assault 1st Degree
Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
Reckless Endangering 1st Degree (3 counts)
Disregarding a Police Officers Signal
Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited
Resisting Arrest
Malicious Mischief by a Vehicle
Possession of Marijuana

He was also charged with the following offenses related to the domestic assault:

Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited
Reckless Endangering 1st degree
Unlawful Imprisonment
Malicious Interference with Emergency Communications
Offensive Touching

He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #3 and then committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $205,605.00 cash bail.

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