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Troopers Arrest Dover Man for 4th Offense DUI

Date Posted: Sunday, March 18th, 2018

David E. Johnson

Dover – Delaware State Police have arrested a Dover man after it was determined that he was driving under the influence for the 4th time.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:01 p.m., Saturday, March 17, 2018, as a Trooper out of Troop 3, observed a gold, GMC pickup truck driving erratically on Bayside Drive, south of S. Little Creek Drive, Dover. The trooper activated the lights and siren on their fully marked patrol vehicle, in an attempt to perform a traffic stop. The pickup failed to pull over and proceeded on to Bay Road northbound, before exiting on to E. Lebanon Road, eventually coming to a stop in the 1700 block of E. Lebanon Road. The distance traveled by the pickup after the traffic stop was initially attempted was approximately 5 miles.

Upon making contact with the operator, who was identified as David E. Johnson 54, of Dover, a strong odor of alcohol was detected, which furthered a DUI investigation.

A computer check revealed that Johnson had 3 prior DUI convictions, making this his 4th offense.  Johnson was subsequently arrested and transported back to Troop 3 where he was charged with the following:

  • 4th Offense Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (Felony)
  • Disregarding a Police Officer Signal (2nd offense)
  • Driving while Suspended or Revoked
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Failure To Have Proof of Insurance
  • Failure To Remain in Single Lane of Travel (5 counts)

Johnson was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #3 and then committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $5,705.00 secured bail.


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