New Castle man arrested for third DUI, assaulting police officer

June 3, 2019

A 31-year-old New Castle man was arrested for his third DUI and assaulting a police officer during an incident May 25 on Savannah Road in Lewes. 

About 8 p.m., Lewes Police received several calls about an intoxicated driver recklessly driving on Savannah Road near Cedar Avenue. A witness followed the driver, Fred T. Higgins, to the intersection of Kings Highway, where he parked his truck with two wheels on the sidewalk. 

When police arrived, Higgins was standing in the roadway yelling at a nearby restaurant while holding a can of beer. 

Higgins continued to yell as officers attempted to calm him, and he punched an officer several times as they attempted to take him into custody. The officer was treated and released for abrasions to his hands, elbow and knee. 

Higgins was charged with his third DUI, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, terroristic threatening, failure to submit fingerprinting and photographs, two counts of criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of bail of $10,000. 


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