Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.
Frankford – The Delaware State Police have arrested a Frankford man after he crashed his vehicle into a pole and then fled the scene.
The incident occurred around 4:54 p.m. Saturday October 28, 2017 as Rolando O. Gutierez (AKA Carlos C. Sandoval), 53, was operating a 2006 Kia Sedona southbound on Pepper Road just south of Lazy Lagoon Road. Gutierez lost control of the vehicle in a moderate left curve and drove off the west side of the roadway where he struck a utility pole. After the crash, it was learned that Gutierez removed his 7-year-old son from the vehicle and began walking along Pepper Road before being driven to his house by a passing motorist.
Gutierez was contacted by troopers at his residence and taken into custody after a DUI investigation ensued. Emergency Medical Personnel were called to the residence to check on his 7-year-old son, who was determined not to be properly restrained in the van, and he was transported to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland where he was treated for apparent non-life-threatening injuries.
Rolando Gutierez was transported to Troop 4 where he was charged with 3rd Offense Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (two previous convictions; 04/11/02 and 07/06/03), Vehicular Assault 2nd, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Failure to Report a Collision Resulting in Injury, and various other traffic related offenses. He was arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $5,503.00 secured bond.
Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier
Released: 102917 0915