Delaware man accused of 7th D.U.I. offense

A Delaware man could be looking at some hefty fines and possibly more jail time after he was accused of driving under the influence.  It would be his 7th offense.

 According to police, 31 year old Samuel Phipps of New Castle drove a red 1998 Land Rover off I-295 southbound, hitting a guardrail on Friday.  According to a police report, Phipps appeared to be impaired and admitted to smoking marijuana that had been dipped in PCP prior to driving. The report also reveals that Phipps even told the investigating trooper that he was trying to avoid an elephant running in the path of his vehicle, which then resulted in the one car accident.

Phipps was released today (Monday) after being held behind bars at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution over the weekend on a $21,000 secured bond.  He’s charged with his 7th Offense DUI as well as Failure to Have Required Insurance.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.