A Maryland man is facing his fourth DUI after he was involved in a crash recently in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. State troopers say that the man, who lives in Easton, rear-ended a vehicle, which in turn struck another vehicle.
The 56-year-old man was also charged with vehicular assault. A 21-year-old woman in the back seat of the Toyota Rav 4 that the man rear-ended was taken to the hospital and later released. No one else reported any injuries, according to Delaware State Police.
The crash occurred on Saturday, Oct. 20 just before 8:00 p.m. on Coastal Highway near Old Landing Road. Troopers say that traffic was at a standstill when the Maryland man, who was driving a Volvo XC70, struck the Toyota, which hit the car in front of it.
State troopers said that they smelled alcohol on the Maryland man when they responded to the scene of the crash. It was not reported whether troopers administered a Breathalyzer test or any other field sobriety tests to the man. However, in checking his record, they learned that he had three previous arrests for DUI. He was then jailed on $5,000 bond.
The potential penalties for drunk driving, which involve jail time, fines and driver's license suspension, increase with each subsequent DUI incident. When people are injured in a DUI crash, defendants can face additional criminal charges. It's essential to take these charges seriously. This is no time to try to navigate the justice system alone. An experienced DUI attorney can work to protect your rights and mitigate the consequences of the DUI and other charges.