State police correct Clayton chief’s DUI summons

Brian C. Hill

DOVER — Clayton Police Chief Brian C. Hill’s original drunken driving summons issued last weekend contained two errors, including a blood alcohol concentration percentage listing which was later corrected.

Contacted by the Delaware State News Friday morning, the Delaware State Police confirmed that a court document’s original BAC listing of 0.016 percent had been changed, but cited policy and would not disclose the updated number.

Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover said shortly afterward that the BAC listing from an intoxilyzer test had just been changed to 0.16 percent in the updated citation, which is twice the legal limit allowed in Delaware. A .08 percent is the state’s minimum threshold for a drunken driving offense.

Also, the original summons listed the Saturday night stop at Sunnyside Road and Southern View Drive as being in New Castle County, which is actually in Kent County south of Smyrna. Questioned about the apparent discrepancy, State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said, “That was to have been corrected as well. We will be checking to make sure.”

The original ticket first listed a mandatory appearance scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday at JP Court 11 in New Castle. An initial appearance is now scheduled for Sept. 1 at JP Court 7 in Dover.

Chief Hill, 47, of Dover, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to remain in a single lane after a traffic stop just after 10 p.m. Saturday, according to police. He was driving a silver 1998 Porsche Boxter at the time and authorities did not indicate whether he was alone in the vehicle.

The chief was transported by troopers to Troop 9 in Odessa, issued a traffic citation and released, police said.
Attempts to reach Chief Hill for comment through e-mail and phone messages on Wednesday and Thursday were not returned.

Clayton Mayor David Letterman said he learned of the DUI charge late Wednesday night and was not aware of any possible alleged incident when contacted by a Delaware State News reporter during a work break earlier in the day. At that point, he said he would check into it.

Town council will schedule an upcoming executive session to discuss the matter. The session will cover a personnel matter and thus be closed to the public.

The mayor said the town would follow Freedom of Information Act guidelines and advertise the upcoming meeting online at www.clayton.delaware.gov.

State Police on Wednesday confirmed that a Brian C. Hill was charged with DUI and provided some details, but cited policy and declined to provide any employment information.

Chief Hill is a Delaware Police Chief’ Council trustee and was named Smyrna Police Department Officer of the Year in 1999.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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