New Castle County Police, Mobile Enforcement Team members have arrested Dean Pritchett, 21, of Highland Boulevard in New Castle, and Perry Herbert, 27, of Liborio Lane in Smyrna. Both were charged after police conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle they were occupying.
On Friday at 7:45 p.m., Mobile Enforcement Team members were conducting proactive patrols in the area of Wilton Boulevard to address the quality of life concerns that were identified during the division's weekly Target Analytical Policing System (T.A.P.S.) meeting. Officers observed a white Ford F-150, occupied by two individuals, commit a traffic violation. Moments later, officers conducted a traffic stop at Wilton Boulevard and Old Forge Road.
Officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Herbert, and the passenger, Pritchett. As officers were speaking with Herbert, he allegedly attempted to drive away. Police said Herbert was detained, and officers removed Pritchett from the vehicle. As Pritchett exited the vehicle, he allegedly fled from the officers. A brief foot pursuit ensured and Pritchett was taken into custody.
Police said while attempting to flee from the officers, Pritchett allegedly threw a large plastic bag on the ground. The bag was recovered by officers and was found to contain 130 smaller bags of heroin totaling 3.25 grams, police said.
Pritchett was charged with possession of a controlled substance with a tier three quantity, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned and committed to Howard Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $61,200 cash bail.
Herbert was charged with disregarding a police officer's signal. He was arraigned and released on $2,000 unsecured bail.