7th Offense DUI Driver Goes On Wild Ride

by Dave on August 19, 2010

From the DSP:

Early Thursday morning August 19, 2010 Delaware State Police received a call about a hit and run vehicle from an accident fleeing the scene. The accident occurred on Coastal Highway and Old Landing Road Rehoboth around 2:00 a.m.

The investigation revealed that a 2007 Nissan Maxima driven by Thomas Garvey-46 of Rehoboth Beach was in the left turn lane of Coastal Highway intersecting with Old Landing Road. The second vehicle a 2004 Saturn Vue driven by Robert A. Hynes-47 of Wilmington then rear ended the Maxima.

After the crash Hynes fled the crash scene and began driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway. Just before Midway Outlets Hynes crossed back over to the proper lane and continued northbound. Garvey continued to follow Hynes and advised that just before the Nassau Bridge Lewes; Hynes again began to travel northbound in the southbound lane of Coastal Highway and onto the Nassau Bridge. Hynes next was observed making a u-turn at the top of Nassau Bridge and then driving southbound Coastal Highway.

Troop 7 officers eventually observe the vehicles in the area of Troop 7 and turned to pursue. When Troopers caught up to the vehicles they were turning into the Rolling Meadows Development on Windsor Court Lewes and were subsequently detained.

As a result of the Trooper’s investigation Robert A. Hynes Jr. was arrested for his 7th Offense Driving under the Influence of Alcohol after being convicted on 6 prior offenses. Hynes had convictions in 1986, 1988 (twice), 1992 (twice) and 1993.

It is believed that Garvey was paralleling Hynes who was driving in the wrong direction. (i.e.) Garvey was northbound in the northbound lane while Hynes was northbound in the southbound lane. Speed of vehicles involved is not known. No injuries were reported in this crash and Garvey not charged with any offenses.

Hynes was arrested on the above listed offenses and remanded to Sussex Correctional Institute on $51,500 secured bond.

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