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There were four DUI arrests during a stepped up presence on Saturday night in Worcester County.  

There also was one civil citation for possession of marijuana.

In addition to the saturation patrols state police say they checked 306 vehicles during a one hour period last night starting at 11 p.m. on Route 50.  

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there were no DUI arrests from that checkpoint.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Highway officials say 84 drivers were arrested on DUI charges in Delaware.

The Office of Highway Safety said in a news release Wednesday that seven of those arrests last week were made by the New Castle County DUI Task Force.

The effort is part of Checkpoint Strikeforce, a regional sobriety checkpoint campaign.

Officials say so far this year, there have been 3,009 DUI arrests in Delaware. During all of last year, there were 4,086 DUI arrests statewide.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials say more than 2,500 people have been charged with driving under the influence in Delaware this year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 102 people were arrested across the state last week and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Office of Highway Safety says one person was charged with his fifth DUI offense, a felony charge.


BALTIMORE (AP) - An Episcopal bishop facing manslaughter charges after authorities say she struck a cyclist while driving drunk in Baltimore has been released from jail.

Documents show Heather Cook posted a $2.5 million bond on Thursday. Cook was charged with manslaughter, drunken driving and other related charges after striking and killing Tom Palermo while he was riding his bicycle. Cook registered 0.22 blood-alcohol content during a breath test shortly after the wreck. The legal limit in Maryland is 0.08.

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A 40-year old man is he suffered severe injuries including a fractured vertebrae, a broken hand and a black eye as the result of an encounter with Wicomico County sheriffs.

40-year old Miguel Santos told WMDT that a deputy jumped on his back then threw him onto the ground.

He told the television station that the officer grabbed his head from behind and hit it three times into the concrete.

The incident occurred on January third as a part of a DUI arrest on South Salisbury Boulevard.

Santos admits that he was driving after drinking that night.

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Two people suspected of driving while impaired were arrested during operation Checkpoint Strikeforce on Saturday night and Sunday morning in Caroline County.

At least 83 vehicles were checked as officers from Maryland State Troopers, Caroline County Sheriff’s deputies and other agencies stopped the vehicles.

One of those arrested was also charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a State Trooper.

No one was injured at the checkpoint.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Dover man convicted five times on DUI charges has been arrested for a sixth drunken-driving offense.

Delaware State Police say a trooper pulled over an SUV driving erratically on State Route 10 in Dover on Tuesday night. Police say the man smelled of alcohol and gave a false name.

The trooper soon identified the man as 49-year-old Michael Tucker of Dover and arrested him on charges of DUI, criminal impersonation, driving on a suspended or revoked license, and other charges. It's unclear whether Tucker has an attorney.

Phelps to Take Time Off

Oct 6, 2014

Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps is taking some time off from swimming after being arrested for driving while under the influence.

He said he will be entering a six-week, in-patient program less than a week after his arrest.

He said that while swimming is a major part of his life his focus must be on learning from this experience and making better decisions in the future. 

Last Tuesday Phelps was also charged with excessive speed and crossing double lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 in Baltimore.

Michael Phelps' Alcohol Level Was .14

Oct 2, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - Police documents indicate that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps registered .14 percent on a breathalyzer test after he was stopped on a speeding violation.

The legal limit for intoxication in Maryland is .08.

The statement of probable cause by the Maryland Transportation Authority police also says Phelps' eyes were red, bloodshot, and "his speech was mush mouth."


BALTIMORE (AP) - Olympic champion Michael Phelps is apologizing for his latest brush with the law, saying he is "deeply sorry to everyone I have let down" with an arrest early Tuesday on a DUI charge.

Police charged the 18-time gold medalist after officers said he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when pulled over in his native Baltimore.

Number of DUI Arrests Drops in Delaware

Sep 25, 2014

The number of DUI arrests has taken a dramatic drop in the First State.

In Delaware it has declined by 983 between January and mid-September of this year over 2012.

Two years ago there were just over 4-thousand arrests while this year it’s down to around 31-hundred.

However, the number of accidents this summer has actually risen compared to this time last year.

The Office of Highway Safety said that one reason for the drop in DUI arrests is the decline in the number of DUI checkpoints this year than in the past.

Delaware Man Chased and Arrested for 5th DUI

Sep 24, 2014
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware man has been arrested on his fifth DUI after police say he nearly hit a trooper and slammed his car into a patrol vehicle.

Delaware State Police say 34-year-old Steven Williams of Lewes led them on a chase in Dover before backing into a private driveway and stopping. When troopers ordered him to turn off the car, they say he accelerated and nearly hit a trooper before hitting a marked police car and driving away.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware authorities are holding the state's first sobriety checkpoint for drivers this weekend.

The first checkpoint for the 14th annual checkpoint campaign is scheduled for Friday, the Fourth of July, in Newport.

Last year, police say alcohol was involved in 47 percent of 96 fatal crashes, which resulted in 47 deaths.

Sobriety checkpoints will be scheduled to take place each month during a six-month campaign. There will be stepped up enforcement during peak holiday times, including Labor Day, Halloween and the month of December.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles getting ready to implement legislative changes that go into effect July.

Among the changes is the repeal of the $64 hybrid vehicle license tax. Those who renewed hybrid vehicle registrations for multiple years are entitled to a refund.

The state sales and use tax also will increase slightly to fund transportation projects.


Maryland and Delaware law enforcement is expected to be out in force on Monday – that is Saint Patrick’s Day.

In Maryland a first offense for driving under the influence could get you a fine of up to $1-thousand and a sentence of 1 year in jail.

In addition, the violation comes with 12 points on your driver’s license and a suspension for six months.

In Delaware a DUI could cost a motorist his license for up to 1 year and a $6-thousand fine among other penalties.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Del. Don Dwyer, who pleaded guilty last year to boating while drunk, has introduced two bills to tighten penalties on state officials convicted of crimes like his own.

Dwyer is serving a 60-day jail sentence on weekends, and he completed a 28-day inpatient rehab stint. One of his new bills would make both of these penalties mandatory minimums for the governor, lieutenant governor, and any legislator, sheriff, or state's attorney convicted of DUI.

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This weekend there will be two DUI checkpoints in the Christiana-Newark and Wilmington areas.

Motorists should expect to see them tonight and tomorrow.

It’s part of the Checkpoint Strikeforce six-month campaign that runs through New Year’s Eve.


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This Saturday law enforcement is set up another DUI checkpoint in New Castle County after snagging 16 people for drunk driving last Friday.

So far this year more than 3-thousand people have been arrested in Delaware for drinking and driving.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Law enforcement officials are planning DUI checkpoints in Dover and Newark on Friday night as the weekend gets underway.

The checkpoints are part of a regional sobriety campaign targeting drunken drivers by using high visibility enforcement as a deterrent.  The campaign, a six-month effort that runs through New Year's Eve, involves setting up weekly DUI checkpoints statewide.

DUI Checkpoint in Newark

Jul 26, 2013
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Starting today in Newark the Office of Highway Safety will set up a DUI Checkpoint as aprt of its Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign which runs each weekend until New Year’s Day.

Safety officials note that traffic deaths and injuries outnumber those from violent crimes by a two to one margin.

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State Representative Brad Bennett pleaded not guilty in court last Friday in his arrest on drunken driving charges in Wilmington.

The Delaware Democrat is facing four criminal counts including leaving the scene of an accident in April.

Police alleged that he was drunk behind the wheel and sideswiped a patrol car.

He could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 60 days in jail.

This is the second time he has been arrested for a DUI.

Two years ago he pleaded guilty and completed a probation program.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials say 17 people have been arrested as part of a statewide crackdown on driving under the influence.

Officials say the arrests were made last month during the fifth weekend of the 2012 Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI prevention campaign. That brings the total of DUI arrests made during the campaign to 59.

In addition to the DUI arrests, officials say they apprehended nine people who were wanted, made three drug arrests and issued many citations.