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DUI Leads to Firearm Arrest for Dover Man

Incident Number: 50-22-32886

Date/Time:  Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 1:40 a.m.

Location:  North DuPont Highway and Whiteoak Road, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: Ryan.Schmid@cj.state.de.us

Narrative: The Dover Police Department has arrested Joseph Freeman (31), of Dover, DE, for Driving a Vehicle under the influence of alcohol and weapons charges, following a traffic stop early Sunday morning. The investigation began at approximately 1:40 a.m. Sunday, when an officer on patrol noticed a white Mercedes in the left lane of North DuPont Highway and Whiteoak Road sitting at the light, when the light was green. Officers contacted the operator, identified as Freeman, who appeared to be sleeping in the driver’s seat. Based on the circumstances, Officers conducted standardized field sobriety tests with Freeman, and he was taken into custody without incident for driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded Springfield XP-40 handdgun that was concealed in the center console.

Freeman was transported to Dover Police where he was arraigned and committed to SCI on $14,100 cash bail on the following charges:
-Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
-Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Possession of a Firearm While Under the Influence
-Driving a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol
-Failure to have insurance identification in possession
-Failure to have registration card

Joseph Freeman
Dover, DE