Driver Arrested After Striking Man With Vehicle at Starting Point of Pride Parade 6-1-2019

Incident/Complaint#:  50-19-16595

Date/Time: Saturday, June 1st, 2019 at 8:14AM

Location: West Street at Forest Street, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department has arrested 90-year-old Reuben Salters of Dover for 3rd Degree Vehicular Assault following an incident on Saturday morning.  The area of West Street and Forest Street had been blocked off by a series of barrel barricades and cones for The Pride Festival Parade.  Salters, operating a red Ford Ranger, approached and disregarded the barrels that had the streets closed for the upcoming parade.  Salters then approached a series of cones that were blocking the street where a large crowd of parade goers and participants had gathered.  Salters exited his vehicle and moved several cones when a 43-year-old white male that was an organizer for the event stopped Salters and advised him that he could not pass through due to the event, crowd, and the cones that were closing the street.  Salters entered his vehicle and proceeded to accelerate, striking the man, and causing injuries to his legs, knocking him to the ground.  Salters then proceeded to drive through a large crowd of gatherers until he stopped.  

Salters was released on an O.R. bond on the following charges:
-Vehicular Assault 3rd Degree
-Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device (traffic offense)

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