Elderly Man Charged With 11th DUI

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Delaware State Police

An elderly man was arrested and charged with his 11th DUI offense, according to Delaware state police.

A Delaware State Police trooper was driving southbound on Coverdale Road in Bridgeville, Delaware around 6:40 p.m. on Saturday when he noticed a truck traveling above the speed limit and continuously entering the northbound lanes.

The trooper signaled for the truck to pull over and the vehicle stopped at a private driveway at Hastings Farm Road.

The driver, identified as 77-year-old Ruppert Bell Jr., showed signs of impairment when confronted by the trooper, according to investigators.

Bell was later arrested and charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and other related offenses.

Police say a computer check revealed Bell was convicted for ten prior DUI offenses, dating back to 1987.

Bell was arraigned and committed to the Sussex County Institution on $16,102 cash bond.
 

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