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  • Townsend man charged with 5th DUI offense

  • A Townsend man has been charged with his fifth Driving Under the Influence offense after fleeing from a crash involving a tractor-trailer Dec. 22.
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  • A Townsend man has been charged with his fifth Driving Under the Influence offense after fleeing from a crash involving a tractor-trailer Dec. 22.
    Middletown Police arrested Matthew Ford, 28, after he ran from the scene of a crash on U.S. Route 301 at Del. Route 71 around 3:30 a.m.
    At 3:35 a.m., police were called to the area of Frogtown Crossing for a personal injury crash involving a tractor-trailer carrying sweet potatoes and a pick up truck.
    The tractor-trailer was driving northbound on U.S. Route 301 when Ford, who was driving a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, failed to stop for the red signal and pulled into the path of the tractor-trailer, police said.
    The truck struck the side of Ford's pickup just behind the driver's side door, officers said.
    The force of the collision dislodged the left rear wheel assembly of Ford's truck and separated the axel from the pick up truck, police said.
    After the collision, police said that Ford and his passenger fled the scene on foot before police arrived.
    A search was conducted with the Delaware State Police K-9 Unit and a helicopter in an attempt to located Ford, as there were indications at the scene that he may have sustained significant injuries.
    Police later learned that Ford his passenger were picked up by Ford's wife and driven away from the crash area.
    He was later located at his residence in the 100 block of Blackbird Station Road where he was taken into custody and charged with his fifth DUI offense.
    Ford suffered a laceration to the left of his forehead.
    He was also charged with a hit and run, failing to provide information, failing to stop for a red light, and driving on the wrong side of the divider.
    The driver of the tractor-trailer, John T. Holloway, 73, of Henderson, N.C., was not injured.

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