Berlin suspect in officer assault found in Salisbury

(June 14, 2013) After eluding police in Berlin last Wednesday, Damar Shawntay Collins was arrested in Salisbury.

A Berlin police officer had recognized Collins, 26, of Berlin, as he drove on Artisan Way and knew his license to drive was suspended. He attempted to stop Collins, but Collins sped to another street where he bolted from the vehicle.

Collins scaled the side of a building in the rear of Pitts Street and kicked the face of the officer who tried to grab him. He then broke a window, entered the occupied apartment and ran out the front door.

The fleeing man was last seen on Washington Street. During the chase, police set up roadblocks and Buckingham Elementary School was ordered to be in lockdown. No students were inside, but police wanted it to be locked to give Collins fewer hiding spaces.

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Aviation Division of Maryland State Police assisted in the search for Collins.

On June 6, members of the Wicomico County Fugitive Task Force located Collins in Salisbury and took him into custody without incident. They served him with an arrest warrant charging him with fleeing and eluding, driving while suspended, burglary, resisting arrest and three counts of second-degree assault.

He is being held in the Worcester County jail on $75,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in District Court in Snow Hill on July 9.

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