Police: I-95 Wrong Way Driver Slammed Head-On Into Vehicle, Charged With DUI

Wilmington – The Delaware State Police are investigating a crash that occurred early Tuesday morning that involved a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-95, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the investigation has determined that at approximately 1:23 a.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2019, a 2018 Kia, operated by Jamin Taylor, 30, of Newark, was traveling southbound in the I-95 northbound left lane of travel, just north of the MLK Blvd. off-ramp. A 2006 Mercury Marquis, being driven by a 32-year-old Wilmington man, was traveling I-95 northbound also in the left lane and observed a vehicle coming directly at him. Due to other traffic on the roadway, he could not change lanes and in turn, was struck head-on by the Kia.

The driver of the Mercury was transported to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Neither impairment nor improper driving are contributing factors on his behalf.

Taylor was also transported to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Austin said further investigation did determine that Taylor was impaired at the time of the crash and was subsequently charged with the following offenses:

Vehicular Assault 1st Degree
DUI Alcohol
Fail to Drive in Proper Lane and Direction
Fail to Remain in Single Lane
Taylor was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #2 and then committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $3102.00 secured bail.

I-95 northbound at MLK Blvd. was closed for approximately 1.5 hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.

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