Bethany Beach woman charged with fourth DUI, disorderly conduct

February 11, 2019

A Bethany Beach woman was charged Feb. 9 with her fourth DUI after police say she was involved in a fight in Rehoboth.

Jennie L. Martin, 39, a former employee of  Blackwall Hitch restaurant in the first block of Rehoboth Avenue, went to the restaurant at 9 p.m. to collect tax documents from the manager, said Lt. Jaime Riddle of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department.

When she was told the documents were not available, Riddle said, Martin became disorderly and yelled profanity. She then allegedly punched another employee in the face when he tried to walk Martin out of the restaurant, Riddle said.

Police cleared the scene and were searching the area for Martin when they were told she was back at the restaurant. Officers saw Martin fleeing in a black Jeep Cherokee with Maryland tags, and they stopped her in the first block of Rehoboth Avenue, Riddle said.

Upon approaching the vehicle and making contact with Martin, officers observed that she showed signs of intoxication. Police administered standardized field sobriety tests and took her to Beebe Healthcare for additional testing. Police also learned Martin had three prior alcohol-related driving convictions making this her fourth offense and a felony.  

While searching her car, Riddle said, police found a small amount of suspected marijuana and paraphernalia.

Martin was charged with one count of felony fourth-offense driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, possession of marijuana, offensive touching, disorderly conduct and traffic violations.  

She was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $4,750 secured bail.