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Woman charged after trooper dragged by vehicle

March 1, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware woman has been charged with vehicular assault and other crimes after a state trooper was dragged by a vehicle while directing traffic.

Delaware State Police said 52-year-old Yira Graciano-Toala of Wilmington was taken into custody on Friday. She was charged with disregarding a police officer’s signal, reckless driving, reckless endangering, possession of a deadly weapon while committing a felony, vehicular assault and tampering with physical evidence.

Graciano-Toala was arraigned and released on $15,600 unsecured bail.

Authorities say the trooper was directing traffic at an intersection on Monday because of malfunctioning lights when he had an encounter with the driver of a stopped vehicle. The driver then took off, dragging the trooper about a tenth of a mile. He was treated for minor injuries.