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Wilmington Man Gets 5th DUI After Hit and Run

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ELSMERE, Del. – A Wilmington man has been released on bail after police charged him with his 5th DUI following a hit and run Wednesday.

According to Delaware State Police, Anthony J. Polletta, 55, was attempting to make a turn onto Kirkwood Highway from southbound S. Clinton Avenue in Elsmere around 8:30 p.m. when he hit a pedestrian, later identified as Clifford G. Gillis, 56, also of Wilmington.

Police say Gillis was in a marked crosswalk, but the impact caused him to land in the right-hand lane of the highway. A DSP helicopter transported him from the scene to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where troopers say he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver left the scene of the crash in his vehicle and arrived at a resident in the 2300 block of Kirkwood Highway, according to police. As he pulled into the driveway the car hit a wooden shed. As he ran from the vehicle, troopers located Polletta in a wooded area behind a home located in the 2400 block of Sylvan Avenue. Upon refusing to exit the woods, police say he was apprehended by a K-9 team and arrested.

Polletta was charged with DUI, Vehicular Assault, Resisting Arrest and several traffic offenses. He was arraigned at JP Court 11 and released after posting $8500 secured bail.

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