Two Dover residents facing felony DUI charges in separate crashes

DOVER — Two Dover residents were charged with felony DUI offenses after separate injurious crashes last week, according to police in probable cause affidavits.

On Friday, Delaware State Police said in papers, a horse was severely injured and required euthanization after a vehicle struck from behind the northbound buggy it was leading on Pearsons Corner Road approximately 11:29 p.m. The buggy was disabled and sustained over $500 in damage, according to authorities.

Investigating troopers located a Nissan Altima abandoned in a ditch less on West Denney’s Road than a mile from the crash scene, papers said. Police said the front end was damaged and the engine compartment still warm. A driver’s side door was partially submerged in water, police said, men’s sandals were located and the vehicle was found to have a fictitious tag.

A vehicle search located a piece of mail addressed to “Timothy Seney,” police said. Police arrived at a residence at 1:03 a.m. and said Timothy C. Seney, 57, was seen exiting as a passenger from a vehicle parked in the driveway.

“(Mr.) Seney was found to have no shoes on and his pants and clothing were wet and muddy,” a trooper wrote in an affidavit.

Timothy C. Seney

According to police, Mr. Seney had allegedly just called 911 claiming that his Nissan Altima was just stolen from his residence.

While speaking to police, documents said, Mr. Seney allegedly became disorderly and was placed under arrest. A trooper said he “admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages throughout the night.”

After transport to Troop 3, “(Mr.) Seney denied driving the vehicle, however, continually asked if someone had been hurt,” a police affidavit stated. He allegedly refused to perform field tests and a “strong odor of alcohol was still detected emitting from his breath.”

A search warrant to obtain a sample of Mr. Seney’s blood was obtained, police said.

Police said a Criminal Justice Information System check found that Mr. Seney’s license had been revoked since 2012. He was found to have previous DUI convictions on Sept. 24, 1990 and July 16, 2012.

Mr. Seney was presented before Magistrate D. Ken Cox at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover. Charges included third offense DUI, falsely reporting an alleged incident to law officers, leaving the scene of property collision accident, driving while suspended or revoked, failure to have insurance identification in possession, failure to provide information at collision scene, expired tags, fictitious or canceled registration card, inattentive driving and failure to report a collision to police on public highway with damage $500 or more. Not guilty pleas were entered.

Mr. Seney was given a $5,000 secured bond that was posted. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 9.

Two-vehicle collision

Dominick R. Cocozzoli, 34, was driving alone Thursday when his vehicle approaching U.S. 13 allegedly ran a stop sign, then struck the right side of another vehicle, according to DSP. A trooper reported being dispatched to the personal injury crash at 6:24 p.m., papers said.

A trooper arrived to find Mr. Cocozzoli being removed from his vehicle by EMS, according to the affidavit. He was unable to provide his insurance card at the scene, but was identified with a driver’s license, police said.

Mr. Cocozzoli was placed in the back of an ambulance, where police said glassy and bloodshot eyes were allegedly detected, along with slurred speech and a strong odor of alcoholic beverages coming from his breath.

Speaking in the ambulance, according to authorities, Mr. Cocozzoli said “another vehicle pulled out in front of him.”

Asked to recite the alphabet from D to S, according to a trooper’s affidavit, Mr. Cocozzoli “stated ‘A, B, D, C’ and then stopped.” He tried again, police said, and recited the alphabet from A to Z.

The other motorist was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover and complained of continuing wrist, hip, chest and foot pain, according to authorities. Hospital staff reported that the driver also lost consciousness as a result of the crash, police said.

A CJIS check found that Mr. Cocozzoli was convicted of DUI on March 14, 2008 and Sept. 8, 2014.

Charges included third-offense DUI, third-degree vehicular assault, failure to have insurance identification in possession and failure to stop at stop sign. Not guilty pleas were entered.

Mr. Cocozzoli was presented before Magistrate Stephanie L. Adams at JP Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and given an $8,675 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 9.

 

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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