Seaford man charged with 7th DUI

HARRINGTON — A 51-year-old Seaford man was charged with a felony seventh offense DUI after an initial stop for a registration violation Thursday morning, a Harrington Police spokesman said.

Bradley M. O’Neal was driving on U.S. 13 north of Tower Hill Road at 9:33 a.m. when spotted, authorities said. His vehicle allegedly “pulled far to the right swerving into the grass and off of the shoulder then quickly returned to the shoulder and failed to use his turn signal,” a patrol officer wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

Police reportedly smelled alcohol upon approaching the motorist and standard field sobriety tests ensued. Mr. O’Neal was taken into custody and taken to the Harrington Police Department to be processed.

Bradley M. O’Neal

According to the arresting officer in the affidavit “I asked (Mr. O’Neal) how much he had to drink today to which he replied he drank last night but not today.

“When asked how much alcohol (Mr. O’Neal) consumed last night he advised me (18) beers. I asked (Mr. O’Neal) what time he consumed these drinks to which he replied approximately (4 a.m.)”
A computer check showed that Mr. O’Neal was convicted of DUI offenses in 1986, 1989, 1990, 2001, 2009 and 2015, according to court documents.

Other charges included driver’s license suspended/revoked, insurance card, possession of registration card, expired tags and other traffic violations. Mr. O’Neal entered not guilty pleas.

Mr. O’Neal was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach, then held at Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in lieu of $20,405 cash bond.

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