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Man strikes Harford County Deputy in attempt to flee arrest

Posted at 4:49 PM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 16:49:13-04

A man who struck and dragged a Harford County Sheriff’s Deputy during a traffic stop was arrested and charged for multiple drug and motor vehicle offenses.

Wednesday, deputies stopped a car driven by 25-year-old Xavier Alexander Stanfield, of Havre de Grace, in the area of Hanson Road near the intersection of Harford Square in Edgewood, the Sheriff’s Office said. After Stanfield's car had come to a rest, Deputy Robert Schultz approached. At that point, Stanfield attempted to drive away, briefly dragging Schultz in the process.

Schultz was able to return to his police vehicle and join his fellow deputies in brief pursuit before Stanfield stopped and attempted to flee on foot. After deputies gave chase on foot, Stanfield was apprehended and taken into custody. Schultz suffered minor injuries.

Deputies said they recovered 226 grams of marijuana, as well as soboxone and $1,800 in cash in Stanfield’s car. He was charged with first-degree and second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, fleeing and eluding, failure to remain at the scene for a property damage crash, multiple other minor traffic charges, and possession charges for the marijuana and soboxone.

Stanfield is currently being held at the Harford County Detention Center.