Driver passes out in car, charged with 4th DUI


CLAYTON — A 36-year-old Townsend man reportedly passed out at the wheel and was later charged with a felony fourth offense DUI of drugs Thursday night, police said in an arrest affidavit.

Kyle A. Tucker Jr. was driving northbound on Alley Corner Road at 5:24 p.m. and a passenger friend managed to put his Pontiac G6 in park to avoid a crash, authorities alleged.

A registered nursed who happened to see the green vehicle stopped in the roadway called 911 after seeing the driver unconscious, police said.

After an arriving officer spoke with Mr. Tucker near an ambulance, police said, the driver allegedly failed three field tests — walk and turn, one leg stand and horizontal gaze nystagmus. He was then handcuffed and arrested, according to documents.

Kyle A. Tucker Jr.

Before taking a blood test, police claimed, Mr. Tucker allegedly told an officer he had ingested two bags of heroin just prior to picking up his friend and the needle he used was on his lap.

“He also advised he attempted to hide the marijuana under his car seat as he was nervous of getting caught with it,” an officer wrote in the affidavit, noting that .94 grams were found in his possession.

A Criminal Justice Information System check found that Mr. Tucker had been convicted of DUI twice in 2005 and on May 26, 2017, all in Kent County.

Charges included fourth offense DUI, failure to have insurance identification in possession, possession of marijuana in personal use quantity and failure to remain in a single lane. Mr. Tucker entered not guilty pleas at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover and was held by the Delaware Department of Correction in lieu of $3,125 secured bail.

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