Seaford man facing 4th offense DUI, vehicular assault charges

SEAFORD — A Seaford man is facing a fourth offense driving under the influence charge and multiple counts of vehicular assault following a crash that injured four people in Seaford on Nov. 20, said Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe.

State police said James E. Betts, 50, was driving a Subaru Forester east on Stein Highway at about 9 p.m. and drove into the westbound lane, striking a Ford Explorer nearly head on at the intersection of Stein Highway and Neals School Road.

James E. Betts

Mr. Betts was taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Troopers located drug paraphernalia inside of his vehicle, according to authorities.

The driver of the Explorer, a 28-year-old man from Maryland with a 27-year-old woman passenger, suffered injuries and were taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

Two children, ages seven and five, seated in the rear of the Explorer, suffered major injuries and were also taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The seven-year-old was later transferred to the A.I. DuPont Hospital.

A computer check revealed that Mr. Betts had three previous DUI arrests.

Betts was charged on Nov. 30 with fourth offense driving a vehicle under the influence; two counts of first-degree vehicular assault; two counts of second-degree vehicular assault; and possession of drug paraphernalia;

He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on $13,001 secured bond.

Millsboro woman charged with burglarizing Subway shop

MILVILLE — Cissie Maryland, 27, of Millsboro, has been arrested in connection with the burglary of a Subway restaurant in Millville, according to Delaware State Police.

The burglary to the Subway restaurant, located at 38069 Town Center Drive, was reported on Oct. 10.

Troopers discovered that a suspect had entered the business through the front door and removed cash from the register.

An investigation determined that the suspect, Ms. Maryland, was dropped off at the Subway by an unknown subject.

Ms. Maryland turned herself in at Troop 4 in Georgetown on Thursday and was charged with: wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony; third-degree burglary; possession of burglar tools or instruments; second-degree conspiracy; and theft under $1,500.

She was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and released on $9,000 unsecured bond.


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