New Castle County Police, Mobile Enforcement Team members have arrested Dean Pritchett, a 21 year old male who resides in the 200 block of Highland Boulevard, New Castle, and Perry Herbert, a 27 year old male who resides in the unit block of Liborio Lane, Smyrna. Both were charged after police conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle they were occupying.
On the evening of Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at 7:45 p.m., Mobile Enforcement Team members were conducting proactive patrols in the area of Wilton Boulevard to address quality of life concerns that were identified during the division's weekly Targeted 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, Perry Herbert, and the passenger, Dean Pritchett. As officers were speaking with Herbert, he attempted to drive away. Herbert was detained, and officers removed Pritchett from the vehicle. As Pritchett exited the vehicle, he fled from the officers. A brief foot pursuit ensued and Pritchett was taken into custody.
While attempting to flee from officers, Pritchett 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.
Dean Pritchett was charged with possession of a controlled substance with a Tier 3 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.
Perry Herbert was charged with disregarding a police officer's signal. He was arraigned and released on $2,000 unsecured bail.