A 62 year old woman, Theresa Bell, driver of a 2000 Nissan Xterra, has been charged with driving under the influence. Bell was headed west bound on Old Landing Road, Rehoboth, in the evening when the accident occurred. She lost control and drove off the road and struck a vinyl fence that bordered the premises of a development named Sawgrass South.
Firefighters to the rescue
According to Gary Fournier, Master Cpl. of Delaware PD, the vehicle rolled over and struck a tree. Bell was rescued by the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company. The Lewes Fire Dept. Emergency Medical Services from Sussex County were also present at that time.
She was taken by a Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company ambulance to Lewes and Beebe Healthcare where she was treated for minor injuries. According to police reports, she was later cited for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Rehoboth man arrested for third DUI
44 year old Eric Biase of Rehoboth Beach was arrested for his third DUI offense in four years. According to Delaware State Police, the driver struck a state police vehicle that had stopped at a traffic light. He was allegedly driving drunk with a 29 year old female passenger when he lost control of his 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer on DuPont Boulevard while trying to turn west onto Millsboro Highway and ran into a state police Chevrolet Tahoe.
No one was injured in the accident. On investigations, troopers found Biase to be in an inebriated state. They also found him to be in possession of over 17 grams of marijuana and a glass pipe.
Biase has been charged with DUI, and for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. According to state police, this was the third time that Biase was arrested for driving under the influence. He was first convicted in September 1999 and then again in August 2010. Biase was held at the Sussex Correctional Institution on a $5,000 bail bond.
According to Delaware DUI attorneys, third time DUI offenders are liable to be imprisoned for 1 to 2 years and can face fines from $1,500 to $5,000. They are also likely to have their driver’s license revoked for 2 to 3 years.
Oklahoma seeks system that will ban DUI offenders from purchasing alcohol
In a bid to reduce DUI offenses in Oklahoma is seeking to use technology to formulate a system where DUI offenders may be banned from purchasing alcohol in Oklahoma during particular hours of the day to be determined by a judge. Many experts believe that if Oklahoma could be proactive in finding initiatives to reduce DUI related incidents, lawmakers ought to consider passing a similar bill in Delaware?
As per CDC, alcohol poisoning as a result of binge drinking kill mostly middle aged men and not college students and alcoholics. US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that as many as six Americans die from alcohol poisoning on a daily basis. Of the twenty two hundred deaths every year 70% are non-alcoholics who are mostly white and in the age group of 35 to 64. These new set of demographic results have surprised addiction experts.