Laurel Man Charged With Third DUI After Crash, Released On Unsecured Bond

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Laurel, Delaware – The Delaware State Police have arrested a Laurel man after he was involved in a single-vehicle crash, according to Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

Bratz said The incident occurred on Friday, July 26, 2019, at approximately 6:50 p.m., when troopers were dispatched to Hitch Pond Road near Shiloh Church Road in Laurel for a white Ford F-150 that crashed into a ditch.

Upon arrival, troopers made contact with the driver, 61-year-old, William D. Smith Sr., and an odor of alcohol was detected which led to a DUI investigation, according to Bratz. A computer check revealed that Smith had two previous DUI convictions. The investigation revealed Smith was traveling too fast for the turn and lost control of his vehicle striking the ditch.

William D. Smith Sr. was charged with 3rd Offense Driving a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, Failure to Have Insurance and Driving a Vehicle at an Unreasonable or Imprudent Speed. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and released on a $2,100.00 unsecured bond.


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