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  • DSP Trooper Assaulted at Highway Construction Site by Motorist

  • Hee Joo, 54, of Springfield, Va., to be held on charges
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  • A Trooper sustained a minor injury after a motorist assaulted him at a construction site on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 12.
    The incident occurred at 12:47 p.m. as the Trooper worked a special-duty construction assignment on northbound I-95 at Concord Pike. Hee Joo, 54, of Springfield, Va., drove into the coned-off construction area, parked behind the Trooper's stationary patrol vehicle, exited, and began banging on the Trooper's vehicle's window.
    The Trooper exited his fully-marked patrol vehicle and began to talk to Joo, who was concealing one of his hands under his jacket. Joo was speaking incoherently and appeared to be intoxicated. Joo began to walk back to his vehicle. In order to prevent Joo from driving, the Trooper placed his hand on Joo's shoulder, and Joo turned around and faced the Trooper while assuming a martial-arts stance.
    Joo then resumed walking to his vehicle, and the Trooper again attempted to stop Joo. Joo lunged at the Trooper and assumed a martial-arts stance. Ultimately, in order to prevent Joo from reentering his vehicle, the Trooper engaged in a lengthy struggle with Joo. Before the Trooper could handcuff Joo, the Trooper deployed his Taser, and Joo struck the Trooper in his face.
    Once restrained, Joo was found to be in possession of two small knives. He was issued a traffic summons for driving under the influence of alcohol, drinking while driving, and failing to provide insurance identification. Joo was transported to Wilmington Hospital for a mental health evaluation. Troopers have obtained a warrant for his arrest, and once released Joo will be charged with assault second degree against a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with force or violence, and two counts of carrying a concealed dangerous instrument.
    The Trooper, a 7-year veteran assigned to Troop 2, received a minor face injury. He did not require immediate medical attention at the scene.
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