Driver Charged with DUI, Endangering a Child and Other Offenses After Routine Traffic Stop

A driver was charged with driving under the influence, endangering a child and other offenses after a routine traffic stop in Harrington, police said today.

When officers patrolling U.S. 13 near Midway Shopping Center stopped Helen M. Zerrad, 36, of Felton, on Jan. 31 for failing to obey a traffic device, Harrington Police Lt. Earl K. Brode said, “she appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.”

The officers also found a 13-year-old on the floor of the back seat area, he said.

Zerrad was given field sobriety tests and taken to Milford Memorial Hospital to have blood drawn for further testing, Brode said.

She then was taken to Harrington Police Department, where she was charged – in addition to the traffic violation – with driving under the influence, endangering the welfare of a child while driving under the influence, failure to carry proof of insurance and failure to have motor vehicle occupants in seating positions and using proper restraints.

She was arraigned by video through Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Lewes and released on $1,701 unsecured bail.

Harrington Police Charge Magnolia Man with Fourth Driving Under the Influence

Harrington police charged a Magnolia man with a fourth driving under the influence offense, authorities reported today.

Joseph D. Pierce, 54, was stopped Saturday by officers on U.S. 13 for a traffic violation, Harrington Lt. Earl K. Brode said.

He said the officers detected an odor of alcohol coming from Pierce’s car, and a computer check determined Pierce’s driver’s license was revoked and he had three previous DUI arrests.

Brode said Pierce was given a field sobriety test and taken into custody on the DUI and related charges.

He was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of 3,600 secured bond, Brode said.


13 Year Old Boy Charged with Offensive Touching and Criminal Mischief

A 13-year-old boy was charged Sunday in connection with a playground altercation at Lake Forest South Elementary last year, Harrington police reported today. The incident in September initially was reported as a sexual assault, but after the victim was interviewed detectives determined there was no such assault, Lt. Earl K. Brode said. He said the boy damaged a girl’s phone , grabbed her by the arm and pulled her off some playground equipment, causing her to fall to the ground. The boy was charged with offensive touching and criminal mischief under $1,000, Brode said. He was released into the custody of his parents pending an appearance in Family Court. If you are facing criminal charges contact The Law Office of John R. Garey at 302-744-9290. You can also email Mr. Garey here.