St. Thomas Man Drives Through Checkpoint and Strikes Police Officers

A St. Thomas man was arrested on Tuesday for striking officers during a routine traffic stop and being in possession of narcotics and an unlicensed firearm, the V.I. Police Department reported.

Deslee Marius, 29, was arrested on Hospital Line Rd after being stopped for the scent of marijuana emanating from his vehicle. Marius was ordered to step out
of his vehicle, which he refused to do. He then attempted to put the car in drive and forced his vehicle through the checkpoint, according to the police report.

Officers were able to stop the vehicle and remove Marius. Upon exiting the vehicle, Marius went into a rage and struck several officers before he was subdued by being tased. Marius was found in possession of crack/cocaine, marijuana, and an unlicensed firearm, the report stated.

Marius was placed under arrested and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm within 1000 feet of a church/school, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, delaying and obstructing, and aggravated assault and battery of a police officer, the report stated.

His bail was set at $150,000.00. He was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his advice of rights hearing, police said.