Dover Man Facing Vehicular Assault Charges for Multiple DUI Accidents 5-5-2014
Incident #: 50-14-10842 Date/Time: Friday, May 2nd at 4:33PM
Location: Leipsic Road/North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE
Narrative: A Dover man is facing multiple charges after a series of DUI related motor vehicle accidents on Friday afternoon. On May 2nd, at 4:33PM officers responded to the area of Leipsic Road and North DuPont Highway for a report of a white pick up truck that had struck a vehicle and fled the area. Officers observed a white Chevrolet Silverado, belonging to Taylor Mereider (25) that matched the description of the vehicle given by multiple witnesses and victims with heavy front end damage. Further investigation by officers revealed that Mereider, while operating the truck,had struck a maroon Nissan Rogue from behind, while traveling at a high rate of speed on Leipsic Road. The truck then turned into the parking lot of Sunoco (837 North DuPont Highway). Mereider then struck a white Nissan Sentra that was in the parking lot, a curb, and a light pole. The Nissan Rogue then parked behind Mereider’s truck in the parking lot of Sunoco and the front passenger attempted to exit the vehicle. At this time, Mereider then reversed his vehicle into the front of the end Rogue, striking it for a second time. The truck then fled eastbound on Leipsic Road, and was found a short time later in the 2000 block of Leipsic Road with Mereider standing near the vehicle. Mereider had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person and officers also observed numerous empty beer cans in the passenger compartment of the truck. Mereider was taken to Bayhealth for a blood analysis to determine his alcohol content and charged with DUI. All three occupants of the Nissan Rouge suffered injuries as a result of Mereider’s actions and were treated and released at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital. A 22-year-old male was treated for a head/neck injury, a 26-year-old female was treated for a face/head injury, and a 64-year-old male was treated for arm/shoulder pain.