Dover man arrested on seventh DUI charge


DOVER — A 53-year-old Dover man is facing a seventh offense DUI charge after his vehicle allegedly left the roadway and stopped on a front lawn last Sunday afternoon, according to an arrest affidavit.

An investigating Delaware State Police trooper wrote in court documents that tire marks from a blue Ford 500 series sedan led from southbound Peachtree Run Road in Magnolia to a grassy area on a residential property in the 2100 block “indicating the vehicle failed to maintain its lane of travel.”

Authorities said Edmund E. Sudler was standing near the vehicle upon police arrival at 1:31 p.m. and a trooper “assisted in placing him in the back of his Delaware State Police patrol vehicle due to … (being) unable to stand on his own and being near a busy roadway.”

A trooper described Mr. Sudler’s eyes “to be extremely bloodshot and glassy” and a strong odor of alcohol coming from him was immediately detected.

Edmund E. Sudler

Police said when first contacted about possibly needing medical care, Mr. Sudler “was unable to, at first, communicate effectively due to extremely slurred speech.” He later refused medical treatment.

Under Miranda, according to police, Mr. Sudler (also listed as Eric E. Sudler in court documents) said he was diabetic and had not consumed alcohol that day. He provided a breath sample and allegedly failed a blood-alcohol content test, according to a trooper.

Mr. Sudler said he was driving the Ford at the time of the crash, according to police.

A Criminal Justice Information System check found Mr. Sudler was convicted of DUI in Kent County in 1990, 1993, 1997 (twice), 2000 and 2007.

A $20,000 cash only bond was issued at Justice of the Peace Court 3. An improper lance change violation was also filed, with a $1,000 cash only bond.

• On March 31, John E. Pleasanton III, 50, of Houston, was charged with a fifth offense DUI which brought a $5,000 secured bond at JP Court 2. Other charges included misdemeanor driver’s license suspended/revoked and insurance card, and failure to signal, expired tags, and fictitious/canceled registration violations.

• On April 2, Maurice L. Freeman, 46, of Middletown, was charged with a fourth offense DUI and misdemeanor insurance card offense.

The pending cases of Mr. Freeman and Mr. Pleasanton were both accepted into Kent County Superior Court on Tuesday.

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