Troopers: Man Charged In 2018 Head-On Collision Charged With 6th DUI Overnight

Hockessin – The Delaware State Police have charged 34-year-old David L. Brower of Hockessin with his 6th DUI, after being involved in a single-vehicle crash, Tuesday night, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2020, on Newport Gap Pike in the area of Lancaster Pike, Hockessin. A 2012 Ford Focus, being operated by Brower, was traveling northbound on Newport Gap Pike approaching Lancaster Pike, when the vehicle left its proper lane and traveled across the southbound lanes of Lancaster Pike, and then back across the northbound lanes, before striking an embankment in the yard of a residence located on Chapel Court, where it came to rest.

Brower, who was properly restrained was transported to the Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Further investigation determined that Brower was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and that he had 5 prior DUI convictions, said Austin.

Warrants are on file charging Brower with DUI (6th Offense), Failure to Remain in Single Lane of Travel, Unreasonable Speed and Driving Suspended or Revoked. Execution of the warrants and arraignment are pending discharge.

In August of 2018 Brower was charged with his fifth DUI after he was involved in a wrong-way crash on Limestone Road, officials said at the time.

AIn that crash incident Brower, who was operating a 2012 Subaru Impreza was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Limestone Road when he struck a 2010 Acura TSX operated by a 21-year-old Bear man, according to court records.

At the time officials said responding Troopers were able to take Brower into custody as he attempted to flee the scene of the crash. Upon making contact with Brower, Troopers could detect a strong odor of alcohol at which time they initiated a DUI investigation. The investigation determined that Brower was under the influence of alcohol and a computer check further revealed that he had 4 prior DUI convictions, according to authorities.

Brower was charged with a total of 13 traffic violations to include 5th Offense DUI, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Failure to Report an Accident, Failure to Report a DUI Related Accident, Driving Suspended, Careless Driving, Driving the Wrong Way, No Left Turn, Fail to Remain in Single Lane, Driving Across a Median (2 counts), No Proof of Insurance, No Proof of Registration.

Brower was admitted to the Christiana Hospital for medical evaluation. Upon discharge from the hospital, he was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #2 and subsequently committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $7,109.00 secured bail.

The operator of the Acura was not injured as a result of the crash.

A check of court records shows that Brower is currently under the supervised custody of the Division of Probation and Parole.

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