Former Dover Councilman Salters charged with vehicular assault

DOVER — Former City Councilman Reuben Salters was arrested Saturday after allegedly hitting a man with his truck at the gay pride festival in Dover.

Police said the incident is not being investigated as a hate crime.
Dover Police Department said the episode occurred in the area of West Street and Forest Street, which had been blocked off for the pride parade.

Mr. Salters, 90, was driving by at 8:14 a.m. when he stopped, exited his truck and moved several barrels to clear the road, police said.

After he was informed by a 43-year-old man that he could not enter the area because of the event, Mr. Salters got back into his vehicle and accelerated despite the large crowd nearby, police said. His truck struck the 43-year-old event organizer, knocking him down and injuring his legs, according to police.

Mr. Salters then allegedly continued forward through the crowd before stopping.

He was arrested and charged with third-degree vehicular assault and failure to obey a traffic control device and released on his own recognizance. Third-degree vehicular assault is a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of up to six months in jail.

When Mr. Salters stepped down from City Council in 2011 after 22 years on the body, only four members had ever served longer. In addition to his time as a councilman, he is the founder of the Inner City Cultural League.

Attempts to contact Mr. Salters Saturday were unsuccessful.

Staff writer Matt Bittle can be reached at 741-8250 or Follow @MatthewCBittle on Twitter.

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