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Police: Farmington Man Arrested After Hitting DFS Worker with Car

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Wayne R. Nichols Wayne R. Nichols

FARMINGTON, Del.- Delaware State Police have arrested a Farmington man for assault following accusations that he struck a state Division of Family Services worker with his car.

Troopers said the incident happened shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, when a 41-year-old woman, employed as a case worker with DFS, was conducting a follow-up on an investigation at a home on Staytonville Road. Police said that as the DFS employee was standing in the yard talking to a woman who lives at the home, 67-year-old Wayne R. Nichols returned to the house in his car and began to drive toward where the two women were standing. 

Police said the case worker attempted to avoid being hit by jumping out of the way, but was unsuccessful and was struck by the vehicle’s front bumper.  The victim then ran from the yard and sought refuge in her car when Nichols began to drive directly at her again, according to police. However, police said this time Nichols stopped abruptly at the victim's driver’s side door without striking the car.  She was then able to flee in her vehicle to a nearby house where she called 9-1-1, investigators said. 

Nichols was taken into custody by arriving troopers and charged with second-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangering and ordered held in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $4,000 secured bond.

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