A Newark woman was arrested for driving under the influence after running three vehicles off Rt. 1 and leaving three people injured Oct. 16, Delaware State Police said.


A Newark woman was arrested for driving under the influence after running three vehicles off Rt. 1 and leaving three people injured Oct. 16, Delaware State Police said.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:50 p.m. Police said Cassandra Lewis, 30, of Newark, was driving the wrong way, traveling north on southbound Rt. 1 in a 2000 Chevrolet Astro van, just north of Rt. 299 near Middletown.

Lewis forced a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Alison Anderson, 30, of Brooklyn, N.Y., off of the road. The Malibu came to rest in a ditch.

Lewis’ vehicle continued northbound in the southbound lanes, forcing a 2005 Chrysler Sebring, operated by Paresh Patel, 41, of Camden-Wyoming, off the road. The Sebring struck a road sign and then traveled another 100 feet before coming to rest, police said.

Lewis continued driving north in the southbound lane, striking the right side of a 1999 Mercedes Benz CLK320, operated by Alminia Chandler, 47, of Smyrna.
Lewis' vehicle traveled another half mile before traveling off of the roadway and into a median.

As responding troopers arrived and attempted to take Lewis into custody, she began to resist arrest and pushed one of the troopers. Lewis was then handcuffed after a brief struggle. A search of Lewis revealed that she was in possession of five grams of marijuana, police said.

Patel and Anderson were both transported from the scene by emergency medical services to Christiana Hospital, Newark, where they were treated for minor injuries.
Chandler was flown by helicopter to the Christiana Hospital, where she was treated for injuries to her head, neck and back.

Lewis and four occupants of her vehicle were not injured.

Lewis was arrested and charged with reckless endangering in the first degree, offensive touching, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest, three counts of vehicular assault in the second degree, possession of marijuana, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, driving under the influence, aggressive driving, no proof of motor vehicle insurance, failure to report a personal injury accident, two counts of failure to obey a traffic device, and failure to drive on right side of the roadway. She was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 11 and released on $15,500 unsecured bail to await another court appearance.