Troopers arrest Delaware man for 7th offense DUI

A Delaware man was arrested after he was involved in a crash and found to be under the influence of alcohol for the seventh time.

The incident occurred on Thursday, March 29 at approximately 10:17 p.m.

Troopers were dispatched to the intersection of Avenue of Honor and Bethesda Road for a vehicle collision. Upon arrival, Troopers discovered an unoccupied 2000 Ford Explorer on its driver's side.

Further investigation revealed that the Explorer was traveling southbound on Bethesda Road north of Avenue of Honor when it exited the roadway and struck a mailbox. The Explorer continued southbound on Bethesda Road approaching the intersection at Avenue of Honor.

The driver of the Explorer failed to stop at the stop sign and struck a 2016 Honda Odyssey. The driver of the Odyssey remained at the scene and was not injured.

The driver of the Explorer was identified as 53-year-old William A. Bell.

Bell fled the scene on foot and a short time later was located by the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit in the woods, less than a quarter of a mile from the collision scene.

Bell was subsequently taken into custody when an odor of alcohol was detected and a DUI investigation ensued.

A computer check revealed that Bell had six previous DUI convictions, making this his seventh offense.
Bell was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Leaving the Scene of a Collision, Driving Without a Valid License, Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign, and other traffic-related offenses.

He was arraigned on $27,055.00 cash only bond.