FREDERICA, Del.- Delaware State Police arrested a Milton man for DUI and related charges following a Wednesday night crash near Frederica that sent a woman and her grandson to the hospital.
Police said the incident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. as 30-year-old Michael N. Lopez was operating a 2002 Honda Odyssey minivan southbound on Bay Road (SR1/US113) in what was described as a "reckless manner."
According to police, the vehicle had been reported to 9-1-1 dispatchers prior to the crash as swerving all over the roadway in the area of the twin bridges located east of Frederica. As the minivan approached the intersection of South Frederica Road, police said it traveled into the center grass median and struck a 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara on the passenger's side that was stopped in the crossover waiting to turn northbound on South Frederica Road. The impact of the crash rotated the SUV clockwise and pushed it partially into the left lane of SR1 southbound, troopers said.
Police said Lopez then attempted to flee the crash by traveling northbound on South Frederica Road, but soon stopped approximately a quarter mile north of the crash where he was arrested by troopers arriving on scene.
Lopez, who police said was not injured in the crash, was eventually transported back to Troop 3 where he was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, driving while suspended or revoked, two counts of second-degree vehicular assault and possession of marijuana (3.2 grams). He was released after posting $5,000 secured bail.
Fifty-five-year-old Debra J. Williams of Felton, who was operating the Suzuki, and her 9-year-old grandson, were removed from the scene by EMS and transported to Milford Memorial Hospital where they were treated for what troopers described as non-life-threatening injuries. Both were properly restrained, according to police.