Dover detective hurt in arrest of accused car thief

Police from Dover and Camden responded to the Camden Walmart Tuesday morning. (Submitted photo)

CAMDEN — An off-duty Dover Police detective driving to work Tuesday morning was slightly injured while making an arrest at a Wal-Mart while following up on a stolen vehicle report, authorities confirmed the next day.

Spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the officer heard a radio broadcast report of a PT Cruiser reported stolen on Rockford Crossing in Dover at approximately 7:30 a.m.

Shortly afterward, he happened to notice a vehicle fitting the description in the Wal-Mart store parking lot at 263 Wal-Mart Drive in Camden.

The detective found a suspect — later identified as Carrington Hall, 25, of Dover, police said — with the vehicle. The man allegedly fled into the store after contacted by the officer.

A physical confrontation followed inside the store and the detective suffered minor cuts to his hand when glass shattered during the apprehension, police said.

Mr. Hall was charged with motor vehicle theft, resisting arrest with force or violent injury to law enforcement officer, driving while suspended or revoked, and criminal mischief.

He was released on $24,400 unsecured bail.

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