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February 8, 2024

Georgetown, DE - Maria Flores, a 49-year-old resident of Lincoln, Delaware, has been arrested by Delaware State Police following a car crash investigation in Georgetown, Delaware. Flores was arrested on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and drug possession on Wednesday morning.

On the morning of February 7, 2024, around 7:19 am, an emergency call led a state trooper to a collision scene at the intersection of Gravel Hill Road and Johnson Road in Georgetown, Delaware. The vehicles involved were a black Ford van and a white BMW, with no reported injuries. 

The BMW driver was identified as Maria Flores.  As the trooper engaged with Flores at the accident scene, noticeable signs of impairment were observed. The trooper then conducted Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, to which Flores did not perform to the Troopers expectation. On completion of the tests, Flores was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

A search of Flores's belongings revealed a large amount of illegal narcotics, to include around .587 grams of heroin, eight Ecstasy tablets, and drug-related paraphernalia. 

Flores was taken to Troop 4 for processing. Charges pressed against her included the aforementioned DUI and drug possession allegations (listed below). 

After her arraignment by Justice of the Peace Court 3, she was remanded to Sussex Correctional Institution on a secured bond amounting to $8,800.

  • Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Felony) - 2 counts

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - 3 counts

  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

  • Driving While Suspended or Revoked

  • Expired Temporary Registration

  • Fail to Obey a Traffic Control Device

  • Fail to Drive in the Proper Lane and Direction

  • Fail to Remain in a Single Lane

  • Possession of a Suspended License

  • Display of a Suspended License

Driving under the influence of drugs not only places the driver at significant risk but also endangers the lives of everyone on the road. The consumption of drugs can impair a person's ability to operate a vehicle safely, leading to decreased reaction times, impaired judgment, and an increased risk of accidents. 

Beyond immediate safety concerns, there are also serious legal consequences involved. These may include hefty fines, suspension of driving privileges, and even jail time. 

Eastern Shore Undercover reminds its readers that it is vital for individuals to be fully aware of the risks associated with drug-impaired driving and to make responsible choices to keep themselves and others safe on the roadways.