New charges in fire that destroyed Dewey Beach restaurant

Fire started at Ed's Chicken and Crab restaurant in Dewey Beach in August when a 2013 Mini Cooper crashed through the restaurant. (photo courtesy Dewey Beach PD)

Fire started at Ed's Chicken and Crab restaurant in Dewey Beach in August when a 2013 Mini Cooper crashed through the restaurant. (photo courtesy Dewey Beach PD)

Delaware prosecutors have filed charges against a woman who police say destroyed a Dewey Beach restaurant after she ran her car into it.

36-year-old Michelle Small of Wyoming, Delaware was charged in Superior Court on Dec. 5 with DUI and criminal mischief in excess of $1,000.

Dewey Beach police Sgt. Clifford Dempsey previously said Small was speeding and driving under the influence on Aug. 9 when she lost control of her car and plowed into Ed’s Chicken and Crabs. The crash started a fire, which caused about $75,000 worth of damage to the business.

Restaurant owner Ed Riggin says he doesn’t think he will be able to rebuild after the crash.

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Small was uninjured. It’s unclear if she has an attorney.

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