Millsboro man charged with heroin possession and 4th DUI

SEAFORD – Delaware State Police arrested a Millsboro man Saturday for his 4th DUI and heroin possession after concerned citizens reported his erratic driving.

According to state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, the incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. Saturday when the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center received 911 calls regarding a white passenger car driving erratically on southbound U.S. 13 south of Seaford.

COPS spear 4th DUI Philip B

Philip B. Spear

The vehicle was then reported to be stopped in the right turn lane at the intersection with U.S., 13 and Ockels Road with the operator slumped over the steering wheel.  Troopers located the white Chevrolet Cavalier and contacted the driver, identified as Philip B. Spear, 29, of Millsboro. An odor of alcohol was detected, Cpl. Fournier said.

While interviewing Mr. Spear, troopers observed an empty heroin bag stuck to the outside of his shirt.  A state police K9 then conducted an exterior search of the vehicle and gave a positive indication of an illegal narcotic within the car.  When troopers conducted a search of the vehicle, three bags of heroin with a weight of .045 grams were located on the passenger’s seat as well as syringes and other drug paraphernalia.  A DUI investigation ensued and Spear was subsequently transported back to Troop 5 where an inquiry into his driving record revealed he had three previous DUI convictions.

Mr. Spear was charged with 4th Offense Driving Under the Influence of a combination of alcohol and any drug, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $5,000 cash bond.

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