Seaford man found unconscious in vehicle faces DUI, weapons and other charges

SELBYVILLE – A Seaford man faces multiple criminal and traffic offenses after he was found to be in possession of a firearm while operating a vehicle under the influence.

Michael R. Smith

Delaware State Police arrested Michael R. Smith, 41, after Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company ambulance personnel found him unconscious in his 2005 Nissan Altima parked in the roadway, state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:39 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 26, in the area of West McCabe Street west of Rodgers Avenue in Selbyville.

Authorities detected a strong odor of alcohol upon contacting the driver.

The vehicle had a flat front driver side tire and a damaged left front headlight. Smith could not recall how the damage occurred, Sgt. Bratz said.

During the DUI investigation, a loaded .38 caliber handgun was found in the vehicle. A computer check revealed Smith was convicted of a felony in Sussex County Superior Court.

As a result, Smith charged with the following offenses:

  • Two Counts of Possession, Purchase, Own or Control of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited Prior Violation;
  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon A Firearm;
  • Possession of a Firearm while under the influence; and
  • Driving a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Smith was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $33,500 cash bond, Sgt. Bratz said.

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