Seaford man charged with weapons offense and DUI

SELBYVILLE — Delaware State Police have charged a Seaford man Saturday with multiple criminal and traffic offenses after he was found to be in possession of a firearm while operating a vehicle under the influence.

Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said the incident occurred at approximately 1:39 a.m., in the area of West McCabe Street west of Rodgers Avenue, Selbyville.

Upon arrival, troopers made contact with the Selbyville Fire Company Ambulance personnel who advised they came upon a vehicle parked in the roadway with the operator unconscious.

Contact was made with the operator, Michael R. Smith, 41, who was driving a silver 2005 Nissan Altima, who allegdly had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath. The vehicle had a flat front driver side tire and a damaged left front headlight with grass throughout the damage. Mr. Smith could not advise on how the damaged occurred.

During the DUI investigation, a loaded .38 caliber handgun was allegedly located in the vehicle. A computer check revealed he was convicted of a felony in Sussex County Superior Court.

As a result of the investigation, He was transported and charged with the following offenses: two counts of possession, purchase, own or control of a firearm or ammunition by a person prohibited prior violation, carrying a concealed deadly weapon a firearm, possession of a firearm while under the influence, driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol

Smith was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court No. 3 and was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $33,500 cash bond.

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