Lewes man charged with vehicular assault and DUI after crashes

LEWES – Delaware State troopers arrested a 26-year-old Samuel E. Pu Tzoy of Lewes with various traffic charges after he crashed into an SUV and then fled into Lewes where he struck a police car.

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Samuel E. Pu Tzoy

State police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier said the incident occurred around 6:50 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 as Mr. Pu Tzoy was westbound in a 2002 Toyota Celica westbound on Clay Road approaching a posted stop sign at the intersection with Westcoats Corner Road.

Investigation revealed Mr. Pu Tzoy failed to stop at the stop sign and struck the passenger’s side of a 2001 Jeep Cherokee being operated by Bradford S. Morris, 62, of Lewes.

The impact caused the Jeep to overturn several times before coming to a stop.

Mr. Pu Tzoy initially came to a stop on the shoulder of Westcoats Corner Road before pulling away and traveling eastbound on Savannah Road (U.S. 9) where he struck the rear of a Lewes Police Department vehicle as it was attempting to assist in a traffic stop on the Celica, Cpl. Fournier said.

Mr. Morris and his 56-year-old wife, Guadalupe, were properly restrained and transported to Beebe Healthcare where Ms. Morris was admitted with serious injuries.  She was later transported to Christiana Medical Center.  Mr. Morris was treated at Beebe for non-life-threatening injuries.

Mr. Pu Tzoy was taken into custody and charged with vehicular assault first degree, leaving the scene of a collision resulting in Injury, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving without a valid license and various other traffic related charges.

Lewes Police Department also charged Mr. Pu Tzoy with driving under the Influence of alcohol, disregarding a police officer’s signal, reckless driving, and other traffic offenses, Cpl. Fournier said.  He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $7,201 cash bond on all charges.

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