Trooper hurt in traffic stop

SMYRNA — A Delaware State Police trooper suffered minor injuries when two Middletown women resisted arrest during a Tuesday night traffic stop on U.S. 13, authorities said.

After the stop the women’s vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed with a trooper inside the passenger’s side.
The vehicle crashed into a median after traveling about half a mile and became inoperable, police said.

Driver Joycelyn M. Rhoades, 35, and passenger Tia M. Rhoades, 30, were arrested at approximately 8:28 p.m. just south of Carter Road, Delaware State Police said.

A vehicle was first seen with an expired registration and made a swift u-turn onto southbound U.S. 13, according to spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe.

A stop followed and police claimed both vehicle occupants initially provided false names to troopers.
Police made a computer inquiry and determined Tia Rhoades had active capiases for her arrests, Cpl. Jaffe said. She allegedly resisted arrest and took control of the driver’s seat, authorities said.

Joycelyn Rhoades also allegedly resisted being taken into custody and moved into the passenger’s seat, police said.
Police alleged that both women were driving under the influence of a combination of alcohol and drugs, and drug paraphernalia was found inside the vehicle. They were taken into custody and transported to Troop 3.

The defendant’s vehicle was towed from the scene.
The injured trooper was treated and released, police said. He was slated to return to work Wednesday night.

Charges for both women include first-degree reckless endangering, resisting arrest with force or violence, disregarding a police officer signal, second-degree conspiracy, offensive touching of law enforcement officer, criminal impersonation, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended or revoked and driving under the influence.

Joycelyn Rhoades was also charged with failure to have required insurance and expired tags.

She was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle in lieu of $5,551 secured bond.
Tia Rhoades was committed to Baylor on $5,750 secured bond.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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