Police: Laurel Man Facing 8th DUI Charge After Crash

Delaware State Police arrested 54-year-old Brian Thomas of Laurel for 8th-offense DUI and other charges following a crash investigation conducted on Wednesday afternoon, according to Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Leonard DeMalto.

DeMalto said on June 8, 2022, at approximately 3:57 p.m., troopers responded to the intersection of northbound Sussex Highway and Concord Road in Seaford regarding a hit-and-run motor vehicle collision. The investigation revealed that a black Mazda Tribute had struck a black GMC Acadia that was stopped at a red light at this intersection.

The Tribute fled from the scene of the accident and was seen traveling northbound on Sussex Highway. Troopers located the vehicle on Sussex Highway north of West Stein Highway a short time later, and a traffic stop was initiated. Contact was made with the operator of the Tribute, identified as Brian Thomas, and signs of impairment were observed said DeMalto. A DUI investigation ensued, and Thomas was subsequently taken into custody at the scene without incident. No parties involved in the accident were injured.

A computer inquiry revealed that Thomas had been convicted of seven prior DUI offenses said DeMalto. Thomas was transported to Troop 5, where he was charged with Driving a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol (Felony) and numerous traffic offenses. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court # 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $10,004 secured bond.

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