Woman charged with DUI in I-95 crash

Northbound I-95 at Delaware Welcome Center (Photo: Google maps)

NEWARK, DELAWARE (9/18/2017) A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with driving under the influence following a two-car crash on Interstate 95 east of Newark that sent three people to hospitals, the Delaware State Police reported Sunday.

The crash happened happened about 6:50 p.m. Saturday in the northbound lanes near the Delaware Welcome Center rest area.

Police said Beth R. Brooks, 46, of Aston, Pennsylvania, was driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix in the left-center lane when she swerved to the right and struck a guard rail. The car then re-entered the roadway and crossed two lanes of traffic, then striking a 2016 Honda Civic in the center lane. 

Brooks was treated at the scene by New Castle County paramedics, then taken by ambulance to Christiana Hospital in Stanton and treated for injuries that police described as minor. She then was charged with DUI, second-degree vehicular assault, aggressive driving and other traffic offenses. She was being held at Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution near New Castle in lieu of $2,000 secured bail.

The driver of the Honda, a 33-year-old Bear man whose name wasn’t released, was not injured. Two passengers, a 28-year-old woman and a 10-day-old infant, were taken by ambulance to Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Rockland with minor injuries, Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said.

The northbound lanes of I-95 were restricted about 1.5 hours as police investigated and the wreckage was cleared.

Christiana Fire Company responded.

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