Millsboro man arrested for DUI, other charges following head-on crash

MILLSBORO – Delaware State Police arrested a Millsboro man on DUI and other charges following a head-on crash Thursday night in which several persons were injured.

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A Millsboro man was arrested on DUI and other charges following this two-vehicle crash Thursday night east of Millsboro.

Troopers charged Joseph F. Peart Jr., 45, with two counts of vehicular assault first degree, driving under the influence of a combination of alcohol and any drug, possession of a controlled substance (Xanax) without a prescription, reckless endangering second degree, driving while suspended/revoked and various other traffic related charges, state police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

Investigation revealed the crash occurred about 6:35 p.m. Thanksgiving night on John J. Williams Highway (SR 24) near Maryland Camp Road involving a 2000 Dodge Durango operated by Mr. Peart, and a 2003 Volkswagen Beetle.

According to witness accounts, the Durango, westbound on SR 24, swerved into the on-coming lane when it struck the eastbound VW Beetle head-on.

The impact caused the Durango to overturn on its side.

Barbara B. Hahn, 55, of Rehoboth Beach, was properly restrained in the Volkswagen Beetle and was transported by EMS to Beebe Healthcare where she was admitted with undetermined injuries, Cpl. Fournier said.

Mr. Peart was transported by EMS to Beebe Healthcare where he was admitted with non-life-threatening injuries. Mr. Peart was arraigned by a JP Court Judge out of JP3 and placed in custody of the Delaware Department of Corrections in lieu of $7,102 secured bond, Cpl. Fournier said.

A 30-year-old Wilmington man who was a passenger in the Durango was transported to Beebe Healthcare for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

John J. Williams Highway in the area of Mountaire Farms was closed for approximately 90 minutes while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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