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Greenwood man arrested after police say he drove drunk, struck patrol vehicle

Randy Rangel, 26, of Greenwood, DE – Delaware State Police Dept.

A Greenwood man was arrested after police say he crashed into a patrol vehicle while driving drunk down Coastal Highway in Rehoboth.

According to the Delaware State Police Department, the incident occurred around 6:16 p.m., Wednesday troopers were dispatched to a reckless driving complaint on Coastal Highway in Rehoboth.

A white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was reportedly weaving all over the roadway before turning into the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn, according to police. The male driver then exited the pickup truck and began vomiting before getting back into the driver’s seat and again began traveling northbound on Coastal Highway.

A trooper responded to the area and located the Silverado. As troopers began to slow in an effort to get behind the suspect vehicle, the operator failed to signal as it crossed into the center lane and struck the rear left of the patrol vehicle with its front right side.

Troopers activated their emergency equipment in an effort to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver, later identified as 26-year-old Randy Rangel, of Greenwood, continued to travel northbound for several hundred more feet before coming to a controlled stop at the entrance to Bethany Blues restaurant.

As troopers approached the truck, Rangel was ordered out of the vehicle. Police say he displayed signs of driving under the influence of alcohol and a DUI investigation ensued. He was arrested at the scene and an inventory search of the vehicle was conducted.

Located in the Silverado were a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm handgun and a magazine with 11 rounds of ammunition. A computer inquiry revealed that Rangel does not have a permit to carry a concealed deadly weapon lawfully.

Rangel was charged with Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Felony), Possession of a Firearm While Under the Influence, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Reckless Driving, Failure to Have Insurance ID in Possession, Drive Motor Vehicle at Slow Speed Impeding Flow of Traffic, Driving Across a Median, Driver Must Wear Properly Adjusted and Fastened Seatbelt (Civil Violation), Failure to Remain Within a Single Lane, Failure to Signal, Inattentive Driving, and Parked or Stopped in the Direction of Traffic Flow (Civil Violation). He was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court, issued an $11,650 unsecured bond, and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on a $500 secured bond for an active capias out of Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.

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