Update: Kent County paramedic supervisor resigns after arrest

DOVER — A uniformed Kent County paramedic charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend  Monday morning resigned this morning, county spokeswoman Kelly Pitts said.

Ralph Douglas Poore, 54, of Harrington, was taken into custody later in the day at his Kent County Department of Public Safety workplace at 911 Public Safety Boulevard, according to spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman.

Mr. Poore has worked over 20 years with the county as a paramedic supervisor, officials said.

The alleged sequence began at 7:32 a.m. when a neighbor saw Mr. Poore drive a red Mercedes convertible into a home’s driveway on Stoney Drive, police said. He was recognized immediately, authorities said.

Mr. Poore reportedly fled in the vehicle when he was contacted, police said. Cpl. Hoffman would not disclose if the homeowner was at the residence at the time.

Ralph Douglas Poore

“Poore was previously contacted in August of 2016 and advised that the former girlfriend wished to end all contact with him after he repeatedly made statements that placed her in fear for her safety,” Cpl. Hoffman said in a news release.

Mr. Poore was arrested in December 2016, Dover Police said, on a harassment charge involving the same woman. The outcome of the case was not immediately available Monday afternoon. The time of arrest was not available, police said.

Kent County Department of Public Safety Director Chief Colin Faulkner declined comment after the arrest was announced by police late in the afternoon.

Mr. Poore was arraigned through Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and released on $2,000 unsecured bond.

Stalking is classified as a felony in Delaware Code and it is defined as when the person knowingly engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person and that conduct would cause a reasonable person to:

• Fear physical injury to himself or herself or that of another person; or

• Suffer other significant mental anguish or distress that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.

Staff writer Craig Anderson can be reached at 741-8296 or canderson@newszap.com.

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