Third offense DUI charge for Felton man

Jesse A. Nichols

ELLENDALE — A 34-year-old Felton man was arrested in connection with an alleged residential burglary after he was found to be under the influence for the third time, Delaware State Police said Monday.

The burglary was reported last Friday when troopers responded to the 15000 block of Redbud Drive, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said. The homeowner reported that a camper in which he had rented had been burglarized sometime between 12:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., authorities said. The homeowner found the sliding glass door to the camper damaged, along with the refrigerator, mattress, and two large plastic containers with personal items missing from inside, police said.

Through investigative measures, Jesse A. Nichols was developed as a suspect. On Sunday at approximately 10:53 p.m., police said, troopers responded to Redbud Drive after receiving information that Mr. Nichols was at a party in the area. Upon arrival, troopers discovered Nichols in his GMC Sierra, police said.

A search of his vehicle yielded four bags of crack cocaine (approximately .72 grams), marijuana (approximately .19 grams), and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Based on Mr. Nichols demeanor, police said, a DUI investigation ensued.

Charges included second-degree burglary, two counts of theft under $1,500, criminal mischief, third offense driving a vehicle under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. Mr. Nichols was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $3,800 secured bond.

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