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Seaford Man Charged With 5th DUI

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Willie L. Davis of Seaford.  Arrested and charged with his 5th DUI.  (Photo: Delaware State Police) Willie L. Davis of Seaford. Arrested and charged with his 5th DUI. (Photo: Delaware State Police)

BLADES, De.- Delaware State Police have arrested a Seaford man for his 5th DUI arrest after he failed slow down or yield to a trooper parked on the shoulder for a separate traffic stop.

Police say the arrest happened around 10:50 pm on October 30th on Seaford Road.  Police say Willie L. Davis, 42 of Seaford was driving northbound on Seaford Road near blades, and missed the trooper by just two feet as he stepped out of his patrol car.  Police say despite there was no other traffic on the road, Davis did not move over to give the patrol car space.  The trooper stopped the initial pullover, and went after Davis instead, pulling him over on Johnson Road.  DSP says the trooper detected a smell of alcohol in Davis' Ford Ranger pickup, conducted a sobriety test, and took Davis back to Troop 5.  A look at his driving record revealed that this was Davis' 5th DUI.

Davis was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving While Suspended or Revoked, and Failure to Reduce Speed or Move Over for an Emergency Vehicle.  Davis was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $6,550.00 cash bond.

DSP said in a statement, "The Delaware State Police would like to remind motorists to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles, DOT vehicles, public utility vehicles, and tow trucks that are utilizing their overhead flashing amber, white, red, or blue lights.  We are providing the state law so that people will re-familiarize themselves with the law and keep the workers and first responders safe."

Below is the law, as provided by Delaware State Police.

Title 21 § 4134 Operation of vehicles on approach of authorized emergency vehicles.
(a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of audible or visual signals, or of a police vehicle properly and lawfully making use of an audible signal only, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway clear of any intersections and shall relinquish the right-of-way until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer. 
(b) Upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, when the authorized emergency vehicle is giving a signal by displaying alternately flashing red, blue, blue and white, red and white, red and blue, or red, white and blue lights, or upon approaching a stationary authorized vehicle of the Department of Transportation, which is giving a signal by displaying alternately flashing amber or red and amber lights, or upon approaching a stationary tow truck, which is giving a signal by displaying alternately flashing amber, white, or amber and white lights, or upon approaching a stationary vehicle owned or operated by a public utility, which is giving a signal by displaying alternately flashing amber, white, or amber and white lights, a person who drives an approaching vehicle shall: 
        (1) Proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of such vehicle, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, if on a roadway having at least 4 lanes with not less than 2 lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or, 
        (2) Proceed with caution and reduce the speed of the vehicle to a safe speed while passing such stationary vehicle, if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe. 
(c) This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway. 
(d) Any person violating subsection (b) of this section who hits, strikes, or in any way contacts an emergency responder, causing physical injury, with that person's vehicle shall be guilty of a class F felony.
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