New Jersey man charged with vehicular assault, DUI after Little Heaven crash

LITTLE HEAVEN – Delaware State Police arrested a 50-year-old New Jersey man and booked him on various traffic charges after he crashed into  a vehicle and fled from the scene Sunday afternoon.

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Robert Addari

Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard D. Bratz said a preliminary investigation  determined the incident occurred at approximately 5:32 p.m. today as Robert Addari was driving a 2003 Ford Fusion northbound in the grass median south of Mulberrie Point Road in Little Heaven. Sgt. Bratz said Mr. Addari then recklessly drove northbound into the southbound lanes of Bay Road. At the same time, a 2006 Toyota Camry, driven by Megan Rhinehardt, 32, of Harrington, was traveling southbound in the left lane of Bay Road and was struck by the left front bumper of the suspect’s vehicle, causing both vehicles to stop in the road.

After the collision, Mr. Addari allegedly fled westbound on foot toward a field. Troopers were able to track down him in a field east of the crash, near a wooded area. After he allegedly resisted arrest he was taken into custody and wasn’t injured.

Ms. Rhinehardt, who was properly restrained, was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General hospital for her serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Sgt. Bratz said Mr. Addari was emitting an odor of alcohol and a DUI investigation ensued. He was transported to Troop 3 where he was later charged by troopers with vehicular assault, resisting arrest, DUI, leaving the scene of a collision resulting in injury, driving on the wrong side of the roadway and failure to remain within a single lane. He remained at Troop 3 late Sunday until his pending arraignment.

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