Dover man charged with 7th DUI

DOVER — A 60-year-old Dover man was charged with a seventh offense DUI after vehicle accident late Saturday night, authorities said.

According to court documents, a Dover Police officer saw Edward D. Prettyman’s vehicle stopped in the middle of Mary Street with its hazard lights on at 10:49 p.m. He said an unknown black vehicle had struck his vehicle before fleeing, the probable cause affidavit said.

Authorities alleged that Mr. Prettyman smelled of alcohol upon contact and described his “sluggish movements and slurred speech” in papers. He refused to comply with some field sobriety tests at the scene, police said in the affidavit, and a blood draw search warrant was obtained.

Edward D. Prettyman

The blood draw was completed at a local hospital and police said Mr. Prettyman was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in default of $20,000 secured bond. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 6.

According to court records, police said Mr. Prettyman had previous DUI convictions in 1994, 1995 (twice), 2003, 2004 and 2013. Four convictions were in Kent County, two in New Castle County.

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