Smyrna man arrested on 4th DUI charge

Robert S. Clark

CAMDEN — A 30-year-old Smyrna man was charged with felony drunken driving Sunday after being found in a truck not moving for traffic lights, according to charging documents.

Robert S. Clark’s chin was reportedly against his chest behind the wheel as a Delaware State Police trooper approached and awoke him at approximately 6:05 a.m. at the U.S. 13 intersection with Voshells Mill Road, an arrest affidavit stated.

A witness had earlier contacted police about the truck, authorities said, and a welfare check ensued.

Mr. Clark, who later pleaded not guilty to all five charges against him, “was slurring his words and made incomprehensible statements” when contacted, the trooper claimed.

The driver allegedly resisted an order to exit the vehicle before he was taken into custody without further incident, authorities said.

Once outside, Mr. Clark told police he hadn’t been drinking and refused to take a field sobriety test, papers said.

A vehicle search found an open 750 ml bottle of French Vanilla Ciroc Vodka “that was nearly empty,” police alleged.

Charges include fourth offense driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest, failure to adhere to a Level I learner permit or temporary permit restrictions, failure to have insurance identification in possession and inattentive driving.

After being presented at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover, Mr. Clark was cleared on a $3,503 secured bail. A preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 8.

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