Kenton man charged with fifth DUI

KENTON — A 20-ounce Bud Ice beer can allegedly was found open and cold to the touch on a vehicle’s passenger floorboard before a 29-year-old Kenton man was arrested on a fifth DUI charge Friday night, police said in court papers.

According to an investigating Delaware State Police trooper in a probable cause affidavit, Steven W. Hickman, of the 500 block of Whitetail Run, allegedly stated, “I’ve been drinking. I don’t want to do anymore tests because I know I’m going to fail.

“I’m drunk and I should not have been driving. What else do you want me to do.”

Steven W. Hickman

Steven W. Hickman

The trooper said Mr. Hickman then refused to do any further field tests.

Police said a trooper followed the vehicle, a gray Honda Odyssey, to the intersection of Deer Run and Whitetail Run at approximately 9:18 p.m., and activated emergency equipment to make a stop.

“He was the sole occupant inside the vehicle,” a trooper wrote in documents. “The vehicle had damage to the front end showing signs of a possible accident.”

Allegedly, Mr. Hickman smelled of a strong odor of alcohol and his “eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred,” police said in papers.

Initially, according to police, a tip was received that Mr. Hickman might be driving drunk.

A Criminal Justice Information System check found that Mr. Hickman had four prior DUI convictions in 2006 (twice), 2008 and 2011, police said. His driver’s license was suspended and/or revoked since Aug. 3, 2011, after his fourth DUI conviction.

At 11:50 p.m., police said in the affidavit, Mr. Hickman signed a consent to search form to obtain a sample of his blood, which was taken from his left arm.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Friday in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas in Dover.

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