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Lewes Man Arrested for 5th Offense DUI After Police Chase

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DOVER, Del.- Delaware State Police say a 34-year-old Lewes man has been charged with his fifth offense DUI after he led troopers on a chase.

Police said the incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday when an anonymous call to the Kent County Emergency Operations Center (9-1-1) reported a possible drunk driver in the area of Royal Grant Development. Troopers responded to the area of Royal Grant Way and located a black BMW parked in the roadway with a man slumped over the wheel as if he was asleep, according to police. Investigators said the driver awoke when a trooper opened the door to the car to check on his well-being and he immediately accelerated away in the vehicle at a high rate of speed.

Troopers said they began pursuing the BMW and observed it turn onto Crown Circle where it backed into a private driveway and came to a stop. According to police, troopers ordered the driver to shut the vehicle off, but he again accelerated forward and almost struck a trooper standing outside his patrol vehicle. That is when the BMW struck the front of a fully-marked police car and continued back onto Crown Circle, police said. Authorities said the suspect then drove southbound before coming to a stop a few houses down. The then pulled into another private driveway where he got out of the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, police said. Troopers said they began running after the driver and deployed a Taser, taking him into custody without further incident.

The driver, identified as Steven M. Williams, of Lewes, was transported back to Troop 3 where a DUI investigation ensued and he was subsequently charged with his fifth offense driving under the influence (previous convictions of 08/31/01, 10/28/01, 01/16/04, and 12/12/10), resisting arrest with force, two counts of disregarding a police officer's signal, second-degree reckless endangering, two counts of criminal mischief and reckless driving. He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $15,200 cash bond.

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