Driver faces third DUI charge after 3 crashes

DSP logoSEAFORD, DELAWARE (8/3/2015) A 57-year-old man is facing a third-offense DUI charge after he was involved in three crashes along U.S. 13 late Sunday night, Delaware State Police said this morning.

Sherman W. Henry of Seaford was being treated at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for injuries not life-threatening, police said. Two other people also were treated at the hospital.

The crashes began around 10:20 p.m. when Henry’s 1998 Plymouth Breeze, eastbound on Concord Road (Route 20) struck the rear of a 2003 Ford F-550 truck that was stopped for a red light at the U.S. 13 intersection.

Police said Henry left the scene and turned north on U.S. 13, where he then struck the rear  of a 2009 Honda Accord near the Dairy Queen entrance.

Henry again fled, police said, and failed to negotiate a right turn and struck an embankment on the north side of Middleford Road.

His Plymouth became airborne and struck a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that was parked in the Popeye’s parking lot.

Henry was trapped in the wreckage a short time until being extricated by Seaford firefighters and taken to the hospital.

The driver of the Ford, Edward T. Winder, 42, of Seaford, was not hurt.

The driver of the Honda, Dennis C. Bransome Jr., 19, of Houston, Texas, and a 19-year-old passenger were taken to Nanticoke, treated for injuries and released.

Police said Henry will be charged when he is released from the hospital with third offense driving under the influence of alcohol, two counts of vehicular assault second-degree, leaving the scene of a personal injury collision and other traffic offenses.