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Assault Suspect Extradited to Del.

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DOVER, Del.-A suspect wanted for assaulting a Delaware State Police trooper has been extradited from Pennsylvania to Delaware where he is facing a variety of charges.

DSP announced Wednesday that Darrell R. Putnam, 26, of Milford, was returned to Delaware on Tuesday and formally charged with first-degree assault of a police officer, second-degree burglary and related charges. He is being held on $48,000 secured bond.

Police said Putnam was wanted in connection with an incident that occurred Sunday, Aug. 11, as troopers responded to a burglary alarm that activated at Hertrich Nissan at 1378 South DuPont Highway in Dover. 

Investigators said that as the 26-year-old female trooper entered the parking lot, she observed a Honda Accord attempting to leave the business via the north exit. Police said when the trooper began to exit her vehicle in an attempt to make contact with the driver, the Accord continued to drive directly at her and struck the driver's side door of the trooper's patrol car. This action caused the trooper's left foot to be pinned in between the door and the frame, police said. 

Troopers said the suspect, who was later identified as Putnam, continued driving recklessly in the parking lot striking two more automobiles before fleeing the area.  Registration information was obtained by troopers and Putnam was established as a suspect.
 
Troopers said that after checking the area they discovered Putnam had entered the business through a window and removed a safe, which he placed in the passenger's side of his vehicle.  Police said that as Putnam was fleeing the parking lot, the safe fell out of the passenger's side door and onto the ground.
 
The trooper was transported to Kent General Hospital where she was treated for a fractured left foot.

Putnam was later located in Pennsylvania and taken into custody by members of the Downington Police Department.

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