Troopers arrest Greenwood man on weapons and trafficking charges after crashing into police cruiser – Rehoboth Beach – Delaware State Police

Date posted: Thursday, February 10, 2022

Rehoboth Beach, DE- Delaware State Police Arrested Randy Rangel, 26, of Greenwoodcharged with weapons and trafficking after hitting a state police cruiser and found driving under the influence of alcohol.

On February 9, 2022, at approximately 6:16 p.m., Delaware State Police Troop 7 units were dispatched for a reckless driving complaint on Coastal Road, Rehoboth Beach. A white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck reportedly snuck up the entire roadway before heading to the Fairfield Inn parking lot at 19113 Coastal Hwy. The male operator then got out of the van and began to vomit before returning to the driver’s seat and beginning to travel northbound again on Coastal Hwy. A soldier responded to the area on the Silverado driving on Coastal Hwy. As the soldier began to slow in an attempt to get behind the suspect vehicle, the operator failed to signal as he crossed the center lane and struck the left rear of the patrol vehicle with his right front side. The soldier activated emergency equipment in an attempt to carry out a traffic stop, but the driver continued to travel north for several hundred feet before coming to a controlled stop at the entrance to the restaurant Bethany Blues. As the soldiers approached the truck, the driver, later identified as Randy Rangel, was ordered out of the vehicle. Rangel showed signs of driving under the influence, and a DUI investigation ensued. He was arrested at the scene and an inventory search of the vehicle was conducted. In the Silverado was a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm handgun and an 11-round magazine. A computer investigation revealed that Rangel did not have a license to legally carry a concealed deadly weapon.

Rangel was transported to Delaware State Police Troop 7 and charged with the following crimes:

  • Carrying a concealed deadly weapon (crime)
  • Possession of a firearm under the influence
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Dangerous driving
  • Failure to have an insurance ID in possession
  • Driving a motor vehicle at low speed obstructing traffic
  • Cross a median
  • Driver must wear a properly fitted and fastened seat belt (civil offence)
  • Failure to stay in one lane
  • Failure to report
  • Distracted driving
  • Parked or stopped in the direction of traffic (civil offence)

Rangel was brought before the justice of the peace and posted an unsecured bond of $11,650.00. He was incarcerated at Sussex Correctional Facility on a $500.00 guaranteed bond for active capias out of the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.

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