Two DSU students arrested in crash that sparked unruly crowd near campus

DOVER — Two Delaware State University students were arrested Sunday after a single vehicle accident allegedly sparked riot-like conditions near campus, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

Police said Chelsea Lawrence, 22, of Staten Island, New York, was driving a vehicle that struck a curb and guardrail at approximately 4:43 p.m. on College Road just east of Jason Street. Police said the incident did not occur on school property.

“According to several witnesses, Lawrence was seen driving very erratically prior to the accident,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

Chelsea Lawrence

As responding police attempted to take Ms. Lawrence and Kyshief Campbell, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, into custody during an investigation, a crowd of at least 50 persons supposedly surrounded officers, according to Cpl. Hoffman said.

“Officers reported that the overwhelming majority of individuals were coming from the University Courtyard Apartments,” he said.

Ms. Lawrence and Mr. Campbell allegedly resisted arrest, kicking and striking several officers, police said.

Police said members of the gathering crowd became disorderly, yelled profanities and attempted to interfere with the investigation/arrest process.

Kyshief Campbell

Several officers suffered minor injuries while being assaulted during the sequence, police said.

It took approximately 10 to 15 minutes “before the situation was settled and officers could safely leave the scene with the suspects,” according to Cpl. Hoffman said.

Near the end of the disturbance, DSU Police arrived to assist officers, Dover Police said. A Cheswold Police officer who was in the vicinity also responded.

According to school spokesman Carlos Holmes, “The Delaware State University is troubled by the report of this alleged incident and is working to gather more information concerning what transpired.

“The University will be closely monitoring these two cases as they go through the court process.”

Mr. Campbell and Ms. Lawrence were secured and taken to the Dover Police Department. Authorities said Mr. Campbell was charged after allegedly trying to take an item from Ms. Lawrence’s pocket during their response and then resisting arrest.

During transport to Dover PD, authorities alleged, Ms. Lawrence kicked a rear passenger door and spit into the mount of an officer riding in the vehicle. The police vehicle sustained $1,200 in damage, police said.

Police said no other arrests had been made “at this time.”

Charges against Ms. Lawrence included DUI of drugs, second-degree assault on law enforcement (three counts), offensive touching of law enforcement (two counts), riot, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief (two counts), resisting arrest with force, graffiti, possession of marijuana, hindering prosecution and traffic offenses.

Mr. Campbell was charged with riot, second-degree assault on law enforcement, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest with force and hindering prosecution.

Ms. Lawrence was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle in lieu of $14,500 cash bond. Mr. Campbell was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on $5,600 secured bond.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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