Laurel Woman Charged with 5th DUI After Serious Crash


60-year-old Gloria J. Smith of Laurel

Frankford, De. (DELMARVA NEWS NOW) — Delaware State Police have arrested and charged a Laurel woman following an accident that revealed her fifth offense of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. Thursday evening at the intersection of DuPont Boulevard and Berry Road in Frankford. Troopers responded to a crash finding that 60-year-old Gloria Smith failed to stop her Chevy Malibu at a stop sign on Berry Street, colliding with a Ford truck. Troopers detected the smell of alcohol on Smith and conducted a field sobriety test.

Smith and her 54-year-old female passenger were transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford with non-life threatening injuries. The 23-year-old male driver of the truck from Maryland suffered minor injuries and was treated on the scene.

Smith was charged with her fifth DUI offense, two counts of Third Degree Vehicular Assault, Driving While Suspended and Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign. She was arraigned and committed to Delores Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on 7,501 dollars cash only bond.