Delmar man arrested on DUI, vehicular assault charges following five-car crash

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. – A Delmar man is behind bars on charges stemming from a five-car crash in Bridgeville.

At around 6:50 p.m. Sunday, troopers responded to the crash at the intersection of Sussex Highway and Redden Road. Troopers made contact with one of the drivers, identified as 48-year-old James West, learning that he failed to stop for traffic on southbound Sussex Highway because he was distracted by his phone. West was also reportedly found in possession of a baggie of suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia, and showed signs of impairment.

Police say West’s Ford Escort hit a black Dodge Charger and Honda Odyssey that were stopped in traffic. The Charger was pushed forward and hit a stopped Chevrolet Silverado, and the Odyssey was also pushed forward, hitting a stopped Kia Telluride. The driver and passenger in the Odyssey, a 45-year-old Salisbury woman and 9-year-old Salisbury girl, were taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Telluride, a 58-year-old Milford woman, was taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. None of the other drivers reported injuries.

West was charged with three counts of first degree vehicular assault, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of drugs, and inattentive driving. He was held at SCI on a $3,501 secured bond.

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