Lewes man faces fifth DUI

December 27, 2020

A Lewes man faces his fifth DUI charge after police say he was found Dec. 26 impaired and seated in his running vehicle with several types of drugs inside the car.

Police were called to the Walmart off Route 1 near Rehoboth at 10:24 p.m. after someone reported an overdose, and someone saw Benjamin Buckley, 35, passed out inside his car with a syringe in his arm, said Cpl. Jason Hatchell of the Delaware State Police.

Buckley drove away before police arrived, Hatchell said, but police found him parked at his home, still sitting in the car with the ignition on. 

Police observed signs of impairment and could smell marijuana from inside the vehicle; a driving under the influence investigation revealed Buckley had four previous DUI convictions, Hatchell said.

Inside the car, Hatchell said, police found 3.42 grams of marijuana, .33 grams of crack cocaine, .56 grams of heroin, four Buprenorphine hydrochloride pills, and one Gabapentin pill.

Buckley was taken into custody without incident and transported to Troop 7 where he was charged with his fifth DUI offense – a felony – and other drug charges. He  was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $5,401 secured bail.

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