Dover woman injured in scuffle following court appearance


DOVER — An arrested 46-year-old Dover woman was injured during a scuffle with an officer attempting to handcuff her early Tuesday morning, authorities confirmed.

Vera Ward allegedly resisted the officer, Dover Police said, and suffered an eye laceration when wrestled to the tile floor at Justice of the Peace Court 7 just after 5 a.m. Medical personnel were contacted immediately, police said, and Ms. Ward was treated and released after transport to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover.

Police claimed Ms. Ward became agitated when not allowed to return to a courtroom to speak to a judge about her charges after arraignment was completed. She had been cooperative until that point, according to spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman.

The alleged incident at 480 Bank Lane occurred in an otherwise empty lobby. Ms. Ward supposedly tried to enter a secure door that leads to the clerks and judges work space while waiting for commitment papers to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle.

Resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges were filed after the confrontation, police said, and Ms. Ward was taken to prison.

Earlier in the morning, Ms. Ward, of the 300 block of College Road, was arrested after her female partner was allegedly stabbed in the face with a knife and punched multiple times during a reported domestic argument, authorities said. The incident unfolded at approximately 1:34 a.m. in the 800 block of West North Street, police said. A witness was at the residence at the time, authorities said.

Arriving officers took Ms. Ward into custody without incident and then transported her to JP Court 7 for arraignment, according to Cpl. Hoffman. Charges included second- and third-degree assault and breach of release.

The scuffle began when Ms. Ward allegedly pulled away from an officer instructing her to sit down, police said. Court clerks were preparing documents at the time.

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