Laurel woman faces fifth DUI charge

FRANKFORD – Delaware State Police investigation of a crash late Thursday night led to the arrest of a 60-year-old Laurel woman on a fifth DUI offense.

The crash occurred Aug. 1 at about 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of DuPont Boulevard and Berry Road in Frankford involving a Chevy Malibu and a Ford truck, state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Investigation revealed the operator of the Malibu, Gloria J. Smith, failed to stop at the stop sign on Berry Road and collided with the truck, Cpl. Jaffe said.

Gloria J. Smith

Upon contacting Smith, troopers detected an odor of alcohol. During the DUI investigation, a computer check revealed Smith had four previous DUI convictions, making this her fifth offense, Cpl. Jaffe said.

Smith and her passenger, a 54-year-old woman were transported to the Nanticoke Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck, a 23-year-old man from Maryland sustained minor injuries and was treated and cleared on scene by EMS.

Upon release from the hospital, Smith was transported to Troop 4 where she was charged with: 5th Offense Driving Under the Influence; two counts of Vehicular Assault Third Degree; Driving While Suspended and Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign.

Smith was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $7,501 cash only bond.

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