Two Kent County residents face felony drunken driving charges


DOVER — Separate traffic stops Wednesday prompted to felony drunken driving charges against two Kent County motorists, according to police in arrest affidavits.

Patricia L. Bowman, 29, of Clayton, and Charles A. Young, 40, of Frederica, entered not guilty pleas when presented before Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach, and preliminary hearings were scheduled for Dec. 8.

In a court document, a Clayton Police officer said noticed Ms. Bowman’s vehicle on Wheatley’s Pond Road at approximately 12:05 a.m. after it allegedly crossed “the center lane of the roadway by approximately three feet into the opposite lane of travel and then sway back into its lane of travel.”

After the vehicle turned left onto School Lane and allegedly sway and cross the center line, the officer said in papers that patrol vehicle emergency lights were activated and a stop ensued.

Police described the driver’s eyes as “bloodshot and watery” in arrest papers. She produced a driver’s license and proof of registration, the officer wrote, but no insurance card.

Ms. Bowman was asked to recite her ABCs, police said, and she stopped before completion. She then did “the counting test which she did perform OK but very slow,” police claimed.

More field sobriety tests were ordered, including finger to nose, heel to toe and one leg stand, but the officer said the driver declined due to reportedly bad knees.

A Preliminary Breath Test reading measured .228 percent blood alcohol concentration, police said in the affidavit, and Ms. Bowman declined to take an intoxilyzer test at the Smyrna Police Department.

A computer check found that Ms. Bowman was convicted of DUI in 2012 and a reckless driving alcohol related charge in January 2017.

Bail was set at $2,150, according to documents, and detention was ordered when it was not immediately paid.

A Delaware State Police trooper stopped Mr. Young at approximately 10:20 a.m. after a registration check revealed a suspended license, an affidavit stated. The location of the stop was redacted in court papers.

After the stop, police said Mr. Young could not provide proof of insurance.

“I immediately noted alcohol coming from his breath,” the trooper wrote.

A series of field tests ensued and a PBT that registered a .098 percent BAC followed, police said. A PBT at Troop 3 read .089 percent BAC, police said.

A Criminal Justice Information System check found that Mr. Young was convicted of DUI in Kent County in 2001 and 2009.

A $1,501 secured bail was ordered and not immediately posted, according to court papers.

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