Incident #: 51-18-886 Reported: January 22, 2018 at 6:08 p.m.
Location: 100 Block of Lakeview Ave. Milford, Sussex County, DE
Released By: Det. Timothy Maloney on 01/24/2018 at 1115 hours
On 1/22/2018 at approximately 6:08 p.m., The Milford Police Department Patrol Division was dispatched to a hit and run motor vehicle collision in the 100 Block of Lakeview Ave. The Reporting Person advised that a light colored vehicle struck a tree and then fled from the scene. The reporting person was able to provide a possible tag number for the vehicle and officers responded to the registered owners address. Officers located a vehicle that had damage that was consistent with a vehicle that was just involved in a collision. They made contact with a Royal Jones, 57 of Milford, DE, who was in the process of changing a tire on the vehicle. Further investigation revealed Jones had recently returned home and would have passed the scene of the accident. Investigation also revealed that Jones appeared to under the influence of alcohol/drugs. Officers administered the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and a Portable Breathalyzer Test on Jones. The results of those tests gave Officers probable cause to detain Jones for DUI. Further investigation revealed that Jones was under the influence of alcohol. Investigation also revealed that Jones had two prior DUI convictions.
Jones was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (3rd Offense), Fail To Report A Collision Involving Alcohol/Drugs, and Driver Over, Upon Curb/Division Section/Line. Due to Jones’ intoxication, he was unable to have a presentment through the Justice of the Peace Court until he was sober. Jones was committed to the Department of Corrections in default of $2001.00 cash bail due to his intoxication. Jones was later released on $2001.00 unsecured bail with a future preliminary hearing date in Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.