Dover Police: Passed-out driver charged with felony DUI

DOVER — Two people were found unconscious in a wrecked vehicle early last Friday morning and the driver was later charged with a felony DUI offense, according to court documents.

In an arrest affidavit, a Dover Police officer said he arrived at a location redacted in court papers and saw a Chevrolet Astro Van in the middle of a parking lot “with heavy front end damage (and) missing the front tire.”

Henri G. Cloutier, 27, of Newark was seen “passed out in the driver’s seat sweating heavily,” according to police, and a passenger was seen in a “seat covered in dry blood with a large laceration on her nose (and) unresponsive.”

When Mr. Cloutier was awakened he had “pinpoint pupils and slow slurred speech,” the arresting officer said.

The driver allegedly told police he was involved in a “collision up the street” involving a tree at 5:30 a.m. and stopped in the parking lot to change the damaged tire and go home.

The passenger was unresponsive and transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, the affidavit said.

According to police, Mr. Cloutier allegedly failed standardized field sobriety tests.

Police said three Clonazepam pills were allegedly found in Mr. Cloutier’s front hoodie pocket, along with a cut down drinking straw commonly used to snort heroin in his front pants pocket.

Mr. Cloutier was charged with third offense DUI of drugs, first-degree vehicular assault, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia non-marijuana related, leaving the scene of an injury collision, failure to have insurance identification in possession, and failure to have a registration card in possession.

Mr. Cloutier was presented at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover where he entered not guilty pleas, and then initially held on a $5,701 secured bail.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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