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Laurel Woman Charged with 5th Offense DUI After Crash-Frankford

Date Posted: Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Frankford–  The Delaware State Police have arrested a Laurel woman after she was involved in a vehicle crash and found to be under the influence.

The incident occurred on August 1, 2019, at approximately 10:30 p.m., when Troopers were dispatched to the intersection of DuPont Boulevard and Berry Road, Frankford, for a crash.  Upon arrival, Troopers learned that the operator of a Chevy Malibu failed to stop at the stop sign on Berry Street and collided into a Ford Truck.

Upon contact with the operator of the Malibu, 60-year-old Gloria J. Smith, Troopers detected an odor of alcohol and a DUI investigation ensued.  A computer check revealed that Smith had four previous DUI convictions, making this her fifth offense.

Smith and her 54-year-old female passenger were transported to the Nanticoke Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the truck, a 23-year-old male from Maryland sustained minor injures and was treated and cleared on scene by EMS.

Upon release from the hospital, Smith was transported back to Troop 4 where she was charged with the following:

  • 5th Offense Driving Under the Influence
  • Vehicular Assault Third Degree (2 counts)
  • Driving While Suspended
  • Failure to Stop At a Stop Sign

Smith was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $7,501.00 cash only bond.

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