Ocean View PD arrests alleged car thief, wanted man

Ocean View police this week played a role in the arrests of both an alleged car thief and a Frankford man who was wanted by authorities in two jurisdictions in Maryland.

According to the Ocean View Police Department, on Aug. 12 at 2 a.m., Nichole A. Swartley, 28, of Georgetown was apprehended by Ocean View police and Delaware State Police, after OVPD officer Sidney Ballentine had clocked Swartley driving seven miles over the posted speed limit and followed the vehicle westward until it left town limits.

“The vehicle,” she was driving, explained OVPD Cpl. Rhys Bradshaw, “then made a U-turn, heading eastbound without its lights on, and flew by him heading back towards town. For safety reasons, he attempted to stop the vehicle.”

Bradshaw said the driver failed to stop and eventually ran off the roadway, into a soybean field off Railroad Avenue. Swartley then allegedly fled on foot.

“She was eventually caught by Delaware State Police and Ocean View PD,” said Bradshaw. “After further investigation,” he added, “it turns out the car was stolen.”

According to police, Swartley had been staying with a friend’s family, from whom she had allegedly stolen medication and the vehicle.

Swartley was charged by OVPD with disregarding an officer’s signal, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended/revoked license, aggressive driving, failure to have insurance in her possession, failure to have proof of registration, failure to have lights on when required, failure to remain within a single lane, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to signal and unreasonable speed.

Delaware State Police also charged Swartley with theft of a motor vehicle, two felony counts of theft under $1,500 where the victim is 62 years or older, leaving the scene of a property collision accident, driving while suspended/revoked, reckless driving and failure to report a crash.

On Aug. 10, about 3:45 a.m., OVPD officer Nicholas Harrington had spotted three suspicious subjects on the side of West Avenue. When he asked for the subjects’ names, 24-year-old Marcus A. McConnell of Frankford allegedly initially gave Harrington a false name.

“The officer tried to located information for the name, and we couldn’t find anything. After further investigation, it turned out the kid gave us a bad name,” explained Bradshaw.

Through a search of the National Crime Information Center, Harrington found that McConnell had warrants out for his arrest, from two Maryland agencies.

McConnell, Bradshaw said, was wanted by the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office on charges of burglary, theft and trespassing, while the Salisbury Police Department was seeking him on charges of theft less than $100.

“Both agencies wanted him, so we put a hold on him. He was committed to SCI and, additionally, we charged him with criminal impersonation, because he gave the officer a bad name,” added Bradshaw.