Laurel man faces numerous charges following traffic stop

MILLSBORO – Delaware State Police Wednesday arrested a Laurel man they say resisted arrest and assaulted several officers following a traffic stop.

Tyrone C. Fassett, 44, was charged with: Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance with an Aggravating Factor; Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 1 Quantity; three counts of Assault 2nd Injure a Law Enforcement Officer; Resisting Arrest; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Driving While Suspended; Criminal Mischief and Loud Music or Noise audible from a distance of 50 ft. or more from Vehicle, state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe.

Tyrone C. Fassett

The incident occurred Wednesday, May 22 at about 7:33 p.m. when state police on patrol observed a gold Acura passenger car on Long Neck Road with the vehicle radio playing at extremely high volume. 

During the traffic stop contact was made with the driver, identified as 44-year-old Tyrone C. Fassett, and the trooper saw what appeared to be cocaine in plain view inside the vehicle, Cpl. Jaffe said. 

It was subsequently learned that Fassett did not have a valid driver’s license.  Fassett refused to get out of the vehicle when requested by troopers.

Eventually, as Fassett was out of the vehicle he continued to forcibly resist arrest, Cpl. Jaffe said.  Three troopers sustained minor injuries and declined medical treatment.  During the incident one trooper sustained property damage.

Fassett was subsequently taken into custody and found in possession of approximately 9.5 grams of cocaine/crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.  He was taken to Troop 7 where he was charged.

Fassett was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $54,001 cash-only bond.

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