Former Delaware Rep. Atkins charged in alleged domestic scuffle

LEWES — Delaware State Police on Friday arrested John C. Atkins, 46, a former state representative from Millsboro, following an investigation of a domestic complaint filed by his former girlfriend.

The alleged incident occurred at about 4:40 p.m. Friday.

According to state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz, authorities received a 911 call from a 38-year-old woman reporting she had been in an altercation with her former boyfriend, Mr. Atkins.

Troopers responded to a residence in the 18000 block of Evelynton Road, Lewes.

Preliminary investigation determined Mr. Atkins was given permission by the woman to remove property from her residence, according to authorities.

John Atkins

John C. Atkins

When she arrived at her residence she observed Mr. Atkins had removed other items and an argument ensued, Sgt. Bratz said.

The woman jumped in Mr. Atkins’ truck and began striking property in his vehicle in attempt to damage it, police said investigation found.

The domestic argument became physical outside the vehicle as Mr. Atkins allegedly pushed the woman against her vehicle, Sgt. Bratz said. Mr. Atkins then kicked the woman’s vehicle causing damage before leaving in his vehicle, according to state police.

Mr. Atkins went to Troop 7 in Lewes and was charged with offensive touching and criminal mischief. He was arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and was released on $1,000 unsecured bond.

In June 2014, Mr. Atkins countered his wife’s protection-from-abuse order with one of his own, saying he wanted to share his side of the Atkins family feud.

Mr. Atkins won election to the House of Representatives in 2002 and served in the legislature as a Republican from 2003-2007.

According to the Associated Press, Mr. Atkins was arrested in October 2006 following a domestic dispute just hours after he allegedly used his position as an elected official to avoid a drunken driving arrest.

According to reports, Mr. Atkins was stopped in Ocean City, Maryland, for suspicion of driving drunk. Despite allegedly testing a 0.14 blood alcohol content — nearly twice the legal limit — Mr. Atkins was not charged.

Mr. Atkins pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offensive touching and resigned his 41st District House seat in March of 2007 following a report by the five-member ethics committee.

Mr. Atkins switched parties and regained the 41st District representative seat as a Democrat. He served from 2008 until losing to Republican Richard Collins in the November 2014 election.

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