Two officers hit by car in traffic stop

DOVER — Two officers were uninjured after being struck by a fleeing vehicle during a traffic stop Sunday night, authorities said.

Motorist Chrys Atanga, 21, of Dover, fled from the scene but was later arrested without further incident shortly after the 10:10 p.m. incident on U.S. 13, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said. Two first-degree reckless endangering degree counts followed, along with multiple other charges.

According to authorities Mr. Atanga was initially seen driving a black Acura TL without headlights on in the area of U.S. 13 and Division Street. The vehicle was stopped in the Dover Mart shopping center parking lot and an approaching officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana, authorities said.

Chrys Atanga

A second officer arrived, police said, and Mr. Atanga allegedly refused to exit his vehicle when asked. A struggle ensued and both officers were struck when the driver put the vehicle in reverse, authorities said.

The vehicle left through the parking lot and entered U.S. 13, police said. Soon afterward Mr. Atanga — who police said was the vehicle’s sole occupant — was taken into custody at a home in the 300 block of N. Bradford Street.

The Acura was found in the 200 block of North State Street. During a search, police said, 239.8 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and paraphernalia items were located.

Other charges include possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, felony resisting arrest, offensive touching of law enforcement (two counts), disregard police signal, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, drug paraphernalia and multiple traffic violations.

Mr. Atanga was released from custody after posting a $32,255 secured bond.

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