Ocean City —
An Ocean City man was arrested for allegedly harassing police and resisting arrest.
At 9:39 a.m. on April 24 the Ocean City Police Department was assisting with an emergency call of a gas leak at the Housing Authority building in the 200 block of Fourth Street.
During this time several adults and small children had been evacuated to the safety of the public street. As the officers were assisting the people, the accused, Mark S. Rolls, approached Ptl. Clark on a bicycle and yelled several obscenities that could be heard by the adults and children gathered in the area.
According to police, Rolls upset the adults who were caring for the children. Rolls again approached Ptl. Clark a second time and yelled additional obscenities that could be heard by all people in the area, according to police. Rolls then left the immediate area of Fourth Street.
A short time later the Police Communications Center received several calls on both the 911 emergency lines and the non-emergency lines. Each time the caller yelled obscenities at the dispatchers. The calls were able to be traced back to an address at 609 Third St.
When the officers investigated, they found Rolls at the residence. The officers advised Rolls that he was under arrest at which time he physically resisted the officers’ attempts to take him into custody.
Rolls informed the officers that he was having trouble breathing. The Ocean City Fire Department was called to assist with a Basic Life Support unit and for transportation to the hospital. While en route to the hospital, Rolls continued his uncooperative behavior and began spitting on the fireman during transport to the hospital, according to police.
Rolls was later released from the hospital and taken back to the Ocean City Police Department for processing. Rolls is currently held at the Cape May County Correctional Facility on a warrant issued by Judge Richard Russell in the amount of $2,500 full cash bail.
Police charged Rolls, 23, of Ocean City, with harassment, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.