Police: Woman Charged With DUI After Striking Trooper Sunday Morning

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The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a crash that resulted in an arrest of a woman after she collided with a stopped State Police vehicle, according to Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell.

Hatchell said at approximately 1:56 a.m. this morning, Sunday, October 24, 2021, Troopers were dispatched to the area of I-95 southbound just south of Concord Pike (Route 202) for a report of a disabled vehicle in the left lane that was involved in a deer collision. Two troopers assigned to the Troop 1 barrack responded to the vehicle and positioned both of their patrol Tahoes directly behind the disabled car in the left lane with their emergency lights illuminated.

At approximately 02:31 a.m., a trooper’s patrol vehicle was rear-ended by a 2019 Dodge Caravan traveling in the left lane of southbound I-95. The 29-year-old operator identified as Monica Cole and a passenger were transported to Wilmington Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The injured trooper was transported by another state police vehicle to Wilmington Hospital with a neck and back injury.

During the on-scene investigation, it was suspected Cole was operating the vehicle under the influence. Subsequently, a DUI investigation ensued.

Cole was issued traffic citations for DUI, Driving Without a Valid License, Failure to Have Insurance Identification in Possession, Failure to Yield for Emergency Vehicles, Failure to Reduce Speed for Stopped Emergency Vehicles, Careless Driving, Failure to Remain Within a Single Lane, Unreasonable Speed, Following a Motor Vehicle Too Closely, and Traffic Control Devices Designate Lane.

The Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation into the crash.

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