Smyrna woman charged with third felony DUI

CLAYTON — A 24-year-old Smyrna woman was charged with felony DUI Wednesday after investigation into an alleged incident early in the morning of Sept. 30, Clayton Police said in a probable cause affidavit.

A Delaware Justice Information System check indicated that Catherine Carroll had a revoked driver’s license from a previous DUI charge, and had been convicted of DUI in Maryland in 2011 and Delaware in 2015, according to court documents.

According to court documents, a parked patrol officer initially saw a white truck allegedly moving erratically while eastbound on Wheatleys Pond Road, twice crossing the right fog line by approximately two feet, applying the brakes while slowing to 25 mph and then speeding up to roughly 50 mph, and swaying across the center line.

A traffic stop ensued on the right shoulder of Glenwood Avenue, police said, and the vehicle struck the curb with the right tire. The time of the incident was listed as between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Upon approaching the vehicle, according to police, an alcoholic beverage odor was detected. The officer “noticed that the operator had watery/bloodshot eyes,” according to the affidavit.

An open 12-pack of beer was allegedly seen in the vehicle’s back seat, police alleged, along with an open beer in an individual cooler behind the driver’s seat.

“The operator stated she had a few beers at a friends house,” a Clayton Police officer wrote in the affidavit.

Asked to state the alphabet from A to Z, police said, Ms. Carroll allegedly made it correctly to V before stopping and failing to complete the test. More field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver declined to take a preliminary breath test, police said.

Ms. Carroll was transported to the Smyrna Police Department, where an officer alleged that she refused to take an intoxilyzer. A search warrant for a blood draw was obtained, and results from Bayhealth Medical Center were pending, police said in papers.

Charges included DUI of alcohol, driving while suspended or revoked, failure to have registration card in possession and failure to remain within a single lane. Ms. Carroll entered not guilty pleas to the misdemeanor and traffic violations, and no plea was indicated on the DUI charge.

A $1,102 secured bail was set and Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover, and later posted.


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