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18 FRIDAY, APRIL 6 - MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012 Cape Gazette Sheriff contends deputy's action protected public By Ron MacArthur Bill 290 and commended coun- cil for its unanimous support of the legislation. HB 290 seeks to William Breasure, a 22-year- clarify that Delaware's three old Department of Correction county sheriffs have no arrest worker, says he is living proof powers. the Sussex County Sheriffs Of- As Breasure spoke with the rice has made at least one traffic media after the meeting, Forrest stop. A nervous Breasure went Verhine of Millsboro listened on the record with his story dur- nearby. ing the public participation por- Verhine, who spoke out tion of the April3 Sussex COunty against House Bill 290 at the Council meeting, previous council meeting, said Breasure was returning from the incident provides a chance firearms training Sept. 30, he to test the authority of the Sher- said, when he was pulled over iffs Office. along Route 113 near Milford by "Someone has come forward Deputy Sheriff Dennis now, so they should arrest that Lineweaver. Breasure said yel- man [the deputy sheriff]. low fashing lights were visible "I'm calling on the Delaware inside the deputy sheriff's car State Police to arrest him. They when Lineweaver stopped him have a duty to do that if a crime and detained him for several has been committed. Let's arrest minutes, that deputy sheriff and put this Contacted after the meeting, to rest," he said. Sussex Sheriff Jeff Christopher Verhine said in reality he supported his deputy sheriff, doubts that would occur. "It's who is a retired Delaware state going to end with a Supreme trooper. "It's a good thing he was Court opinion, but wilt only able to get him flagged over that happen if the governor asks," he day," the sheriff said. "The said. deputy sheriff didn't know if he was drunk or sick, and he had to Christopher paints a different picture find out what was causing him In an interview following the to drive so erratically." council meeting, Christopher Breasure admits he was said it's the only traffic stop ever speeding, but said the deputy made by the Sheriff's Office sheriff did not have the right to since he was elected. He claims pull him over. "He detained me the deputy sheriff was so con- for three or four minutes illegal- cerned about how Breasure was ly," he told council. He said driving, he had no other choice Lineweaver let him go as a pro- than to pull him over to check on fessional courtesy when he saw him. that he was wearing a Depart- "He doesn't tell you it was a ment of Corrections T-shirt. case of road rage," he said. "He Breasure said he wanted to go nearly rear-ended the deputy on record to clear his name and sheriff, who as a trained retired stop rumors being spread about state trooper was able to get him the incident. "It was not road flagged over. He came up on a rage; I wasn't drinking, and they line of cars at a high rate of didn't get state police to appre- speed." hend me. None of that is true," Christopher said that he said. Lineweaver called for state po- rte said he supported House lice backup, but no troopers were Millsboro resident Forrest Verhine adds his voice to those who support the Sussex County Sheriff's Office. GEORGETOWN P~LICE RON MACARTHUR PHOTOS CHIEF William Topping addresses Sussex County Council at its April 3 meeting. available, so he lpt Breasure go. "Lineweaver did his job as con- servator of the pher said. Christopher points to the big: rounding the al Sheriffs Office. are in danger or eace," Christo- id the incident ;er picture sur- Lthority of the ;If my deputies ;ee someone in ,uld be able to danger, they sh( act," he said. Every day my deputies turn their heads to inci- dents that could be DUIs or road rage. And when they do call state police to report lit, it's too late: When we see, h something, then one could get kill County spoke, said the traffic sl gated by county "The incident pl ministrative dire, so it would not hl flict with a direc yet exist," he said The directiv states the Sheriff make traffic stop ear or observe gnore it, some- ~d." man Chip Guy op was investi- administration. eceded the ad- "five of Oct. 31, been in con- tive that didn't specifically s Office cannot B eting, two Sus- spoke in favor D. Georgetown pping said last ff Christoper Assembly to s powers. The hat lawmakers 1, Christopher direction, and LCk. "I support HB 290 should dd. 'f Scott Collins rn for the safe- In support of HB 2' During the me sex police chiefs of House Bill 29 Chief William T( year, Sheriff ]e asked the Gener define his office chief said now t are taking actio doesn't like thei] he is pushing Rep. Dan Short; go forward," he Selbyville Chic said he has conc( ty of the sheriffs deputies. He said before he caa put officers in ust pass med- :al and police asonal officers tries have none aining, he said. Lo.see them out e road assume they have full police powers," he not a liar as some have portrayed said. "Those deputies are at him to be. He said if the Sheriffs risk." Office power is stripped by HB Christopher has pushed coun- 290, the council should change ty council to allow for this type the office's nameto the Office of of training for his deputies. Process Server and Distressed Topping said the type of train- Properties. ing the sheriff wants at the po- Christopher contends his an- lice academy is never going to thority to make an arrest comes happen. An attorney general's from the state constitution and a ruling has prohibited deputies constitutional amendment from the academy, would be required to make a "They are ineligible to be po- change. lice officers," Topping said. The bill's cosponsors, Rep. Georgetown resident Eric Bo- Dan Short, R-Seaford, and Sen. denweiser said he returned to Gary Simpson, R-Milford, tabled council with his hat in his hand HB 290 last week. Sussex Coun- again asking members to rescind ty Council went on record in their unanimous support of HB unanimous support of liB290 at 290. He said council ignored its March 20 meeting. what people said who spoke out An amendment has been in- against the bill during the March troduced that would allow 27 meeting. "I'm asking nicely deputies to transport medical again for you to strike the bill," patients or people to court if or- he said. dered to do so by a Superior Referring to the often busy Court judge. last night of the legislative ses- The amendment didn't im- sion, Bodenweiser said, "If you press Bodenweiser. "It's just don't, it's going to pass in the something Delaware State Po- middle of the night on June 30." lice don't want to do," he said. Bodenweiser said Christopher "It's an insuk as far as I'm con- is not out to grab power, and he's cerned." uniform, they n ical, psychologi training; even se are trained. Depl of this type of ti "Many people wl in uniform on tt William Breasure was pulled over last year by a i:leputy sheriff as he drove along Route 113 near Milford. He spoke about the incident during the April 3 county coun- cil meeting.