Trial for former Councilman Salters set for November

DOVER — Former City Councilman Reuben Salters is scheduled to go to trial for vehicular assault next month.

Mr. Salters was arrested in early June after police said he hit a man with his truck at a gay pride festival in Dover. Authorities said at the time the incident was not seen as a hate crime.

According to Court of Common Pleas records, Mr. Salters rejected two plea deals last month and now has a trial set for Nov. 19.

Reuben Salters

A previously scheduled trial was pushed back in July to allow for a case review, but an attempt at mediation was unsuccessful when the victim could not be reached, according to information from the court.

Mr. Salters’ lawyer, state Rep. Sean Lynn, declined to comment Tuesday.

The Dover Police Department said the episode occurred June 1 in the area of West Street and Forest Street, which had been blocked off for the parade. Mr. Salters, 90 at the time, was driving by that morning when he stopped, exited his truck and moved several barrels to clear the road, police said. After he was informed by the event organizer the area was closed to cars for the time being, Mr. Salters got back into his vehicle and accelerated despite the large crowd nearby, police said.

His truck struck the 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.

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

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