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Laurel Woman Charged With 5th Offense DUI After Crash

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FRANKFORD, Del.- A Laurel woman is facing her 5th offense DUI and related charges in connection with a crash that left two other people injured.

Delaware State Police said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the intersection of DuPont Boulevard and Berry Road in Frankford. 

According to police, the driver of a Chevy Malibu failed to stop at the stop sign on Berry Street and collided with a Ford Truck.

Police said that when troopers made contact with the driver of the Malibu, 60-year-old Gloria J. Smith, they detected an odor of alcohol and a DUI investigation ensued.  A computer check revealed that Smith had four previous DUI convictions, making this her fifth offense.

Police said Smith and her 54-year-old female passenger were transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  The driver of the truck, a 23-year-old Maryland man, reportedly sustained minor injures and was treated and cleared on scene by EMS.

Upon release from the hospital, Smith was transported back to Troop 4 where she was charged with the following:

  • 5th Offense Driving Under the Influence
  • Two counts of third-degree vehicular assault 
  • Driving while suspended
  • Failure to stop at a stop sign

Smith was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $7,501 cash only bond.

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