Man charged with DUI after Millsboro two-vehicle crash

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A Millsboro man was arrested and charged with DUI and other charges after a two-vehicle crash Thursday evening. (Submitted photo/Delaware State Police)

MILLSBORO — A 45-year-old Millsboro man was charged with DUI after investigation into a two-vehicle crash Thursday, police said.

According to the Delaware State Police, the incident occurred around 6:25 p.m. as Joseph F. Peart Jr. was driving a 2000 Dodge Durango westbound on John J. Williams Highway (Del. 24) just east of Maryland Camp Road. Through witness accounts, police said, the Durango began swerving into the oncoming lane when it struck an eastbound 2003 Volkswagen Beetle head-on.

The impact forced the Durango to overturn on its side and rotate 180 degrees before coming to a stop, authorities said. The Beetle rotated 180 degrees after the collision in the eastbound lane where it came to a stop.

Mr. Peart was transported by EMS to Beebe Healthcare in Lewes where he was admitted with non-life-threatening injuries. He was charged with two counts of first-degree vehicular assault, driving under the influence of a combination of alcohol and any drug, possession of a controlled substance (Xanax) without a prescription, second-degree reckless endangering, driving while suspended/revoked, and various other traffic related charges.

Mr. Peart was arraigned at JP Court 3 and placed in custody of the Delaware Department of Correction in lieu of $7,102 secured bond.

A 30-year-old male from Wilmington was a passenger in Mr. Peart’s vehicle. He was transported by EMS to Beebe Healthcare and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

A Rehoboth Beach woman was properly restrained in the Volkswagen Beetle and was transported by EMS to Beebe Healthcare where she was admitted with undetermined injuries, police said.

Del. 24 in the area of Mountaire Farms was closed for approximately 90 minutes while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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