Man charged with third DUI offense after crash in Milford

MILFORD, Del. - A man is facing DUI charges, after police say he was involved in a crash and fled the scene, in Milford.

The Milford Police Department says on Monday, officers were dispatched to a hit and run vehicle crash in the 100 block of Lakeview Avenue. Police say the reporting person told them that a light-colored vehicle struck a tree and then fled from the scene. authorities say the person was able to provide a possible tag number prompting officers to respond to the register owner's address.

At the address, law enforcement reports that they locate a vehicle that had damage matching the vehicle that was just involved in a crash. 

According to the report, police say the encountered 57-year-old Royal Jones, of Milford, who was changing a tire on the vehicle. after further investigation, officers learned that Jones had recently returned home and he would have passed the scene of the accident. Milford PD says Jones appeared to e under the influence of alcohol/drugs. 

Standardized field sobriety tests and a portable breathalyzer test were apparently given to Jones. investigators say the learned that the 57-year-old was under the influence of alcohol and that he had two previous DUI convictions.

Jones was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (3rd offense), fail to report a collision involving alcohol/drugs, and driver over, upon curb/division section/line.

He was turned over to the Department of Corrections on $2,001 cash bail due to his intoxication. Jones was later released on $2,001 unsecured bail with a future preliminary hearing date in Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.

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