A Sterling, Virginia man was charged with felony resisting arrest after fleeing from officers on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk.

On the evening of Monday, July 17, at around 11:30 p.m., a Rehoboth Beach police officer observed 21-year-old James J. McKeown inside the Wilmington Avenue boardwalk pavilion in possession of what the officer suspected to be marijuana. In addition to his observations, the officer also smelled the odor of marijuana. The officers called for back-up, but McKeown fled.

A foot chase ensued, during which McKeown ran through the back entrance of a restaurant, past employees, and hopped the front counter, finally exiting out the front entrance onto the boardwalk. At this point, in the area of Baltimore Avenue, an officer was able to tackle McKeown to the ground and take him into custody. 

During the altercation, the officer struck his head, resulting in a concussion. He was transported to Beebe Health Campus and later released. 

McKeown was arrested and charged with a felony count of resisting arrest with force, disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana. He was later was released on a $2,550 unsecured bail.