TINICUM — A traffic stop on Saturday night turned into a skirmish with the driver that resulted in one Pennsylvania State Police trooper being bitten on the leg, according to a release from township police.
Marco Martin, 31, of Philadelphia, is charged with four counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault, two counts of resisting arrest, one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver, and summary traffic offenses.
A Tinicum officer was on patrol in the 200 block of North Governor Printz Boulevard at about 12:05 p.m. when he saw a white Buick sedan driving west in the left lane, according to the release from Tinicum Sgt. James Simpkins.
The officer saw the sedan change lanes and enter the northbound onramp to Interstate 95 from Wanamaker Avenue without using turn signals, then drive half on the shoulder and half in the lane for “an extended period of time,” according to the release.
The Tinicum officer pulled the sedan over and spoke with Martin, the driver, according to the release. The officer got permission to search the trunk, where 22 plastic containers of suspected crack cocaine were allegedly discovered under a section of carpet.
Martin tensed up, refusing to place his hands behind his back when he was told he was under arrest and began to struggle with officers, according to the release. He then jumped on the hood of the patrol car while officers held his wrists, performed a lunging maneuver that knocked two officers to the ground and took off on foot, according to the release.
Martin was seen exiting a thick brush area near the area of the traffic stop and was ordered to get on the ground numerous times, according to the release. He refused to do so and was taken to the ground by officers, after which he was “actively resisting arrest” by kicking his legs and refusing to give his hands to the police, the release says.
Martin allegedly bit a state trooper on the leg at one point, according to the release, after which an officer deployed a Taser in an attempt to subdue him. Martin allegedly continued to resist, however, kicking a Folcroft officer in the leg and causing lacerations.
Martin was finally brought under control and the trooper went to Riddle Hospital to be treated for the bite. The suspected drugs in the trunk later tested positive for crack cocaine, according to the release.
Martin was preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge W. Keith Williams II, who set bail at 10 percent of $250,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12 before Magisterial District Judge Jack D. Lippart.
It was unknown Thursday whether Martin has an attorney. He remains incarcerated at the county prison in Concord after failing to post bail.