2 drivers charged with DUI in separate cases

HARRINGTON — A single-vehicle crash on U.S. 13 last Friday resulted in a felony drunken driving charge against a 64-year-old woman, police claimed in a probable cause affidavit.

The alleged incident at 8:48 p.m. came as a towing company requested police assistance to shut down two lanes of traffic to remove a vehicle from a ditch, Delaware State Police said.

The disabled vehicle’s front end was in a ditch and the underside bottomed out on the downward slope, authorities said.

The towing company also expressed concern to the dispatch center about possible alcohol impairment, according to authorities.

Working on pending complaints elsewhere, DSP didn’t arrive at the scene until 10:35 p.m. After speaking to a tow truck operator, according to documents, Sandra J. Blanchette (also listed as Holloway in the affidavit) was contacted.

Ms. Blanchette indicated — while sitting in the driver’s seat — that she left the Moose Lodge earlier and was driving to a residence on Woodyard Road, police said.

Field sobriety tests followed and a fourth-offense DUI charge was entered and listed as pending in court documents. According to police, a computer check found that previous DUI convictions occurred in 1997, 2001 and 2003. A failure to remain in a single lane violation was also cited and a not guilty plea entered through Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover.

• Last Saturday, Jose M. Cortez, 34, was charged with fourth offense DUI after Milford Police were dispatched to the area of U.S. 13 and North Walnut Street for a possible impaired driver at 6:45 p.m., spokesman Sgt. Robert Masten said.

Police located a vehicle with the license plate reported before activating emergency equipment. and a stop was made after entering the Bright Way Commons Apartment Complex, authorities said in court documents.

Field sobriety tests followed and an arrest was made.

Police said Mr. Cortez was found to have DUI convictions in Pennsylvania and 2004 and 2008, and another in Delaware in 2018.

A driving with out a license violation was also charged with a not guilty plea entered. A $3,100 secured bond was issued in JP Court 7.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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