Harrington man charged with fourth DUI, resisting arrest

Charles J. McDowellHARRINGTON – Charles J. McDowell, 56 of the 500 block of Pleasant Pine Circle in Harrington, was arrested Sept. 1 for a fourth offense DUI and attempting to remove an officers weapon.

While on patrol, the county dispatch center sent out a general broadcast to all patrol units about a vehicle possibly being operated by an intoxicated driver in the Harrington area. Police were given a description of the vehicle.

A Harrington Officer located the vehicle in the parking lot of the Royal Farms located on Milford-Harrington Highway.  The driver was contacted by police who smelled an odor of alcohol, according to Captain Kenny Brode. Police identified the driver as McDowell.

Standard field sobriety tests were administered and Mr. McDowell was taken into custody.  He was transported to the Harrington Police Department for processing.  While at there, he refused to submit to the intoxilyzer test so police obtained a search warrant for a blood draw.

McDowell was transported to Milford Memorial Hospital for the blood draw.  When emergency room staff attempted to take his blood, he became combative and began fighting with the Harrington officer.  McDowell allegedly grabbed the officer’s gun and attempted to remove it from the holster, but was not successful.

A Milford Police Department officer, who was already in the emergency room, assisted the Harrington Officer and McDowell was taken into custody.  A blood draw was then performed and McDowell was evaluated for injuries he sustained while fighting with officers.

Afterwards, he was transported back to the Harrington Police Department for processing.  A computer check revealed that McDowell had three previous DUI convictions dating back to 2007.

He was charged with removing or attempting to remove a firearm for law enforcement officers, resisting arrest with force, a fourth offense driving under the influence of alcohol and offensive touching of a law enforcement officer.  He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute in default of $7,000 secured bond.

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