DWI HIT PARADE: Larry Dale Merritt left a big clue at the scene of his hit and run crash and then hoofed it home where troopers gave him a double bracelet welcome

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DWI HIT PARADE: Larry Dale Merritt left a big clue at the scene of his hit and run crash and then hoofed it home where troopers gave him a double bracelet welcome

The Door is Always Open. The Maryland State Police DUI breath testing van has an open door policy for suspected DUI drivers. In one door, blow, out the other door to the jail. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

SALISBURY, MD. – Who me? That might have been what a Hebron rocket scientist might have told the cops when they showed up at his door with arresting him on their minds.

Police say that on Oct. 21, 2019, at approximately 8 pm, Troopers from the Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack and Deputies from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to 507 N. Main Street, Hebron, Md., for a report of a suspected drunk driving/hit and run collision involving damage to property at that residence.

When responding units arrived on the scene, they observed a license plate from the suspect vehicle 2013 Black Ford Escape, lying in the victim’s yard, which led Troopers to the vehicle owner’s residence a short distance away from where the suspect vehicle was located.

After further investigation, Troopers were able to locate the suspect at a nearby residence. The suspect was identified as Larry Dale Merritt, 43 years old of 309 Autumn Ridge Road, Hebron, Md.

 While speaking with the suspect, investigating Troopers observed signs of impairment and detected that Merritt just stunk of booze, perhaps like a brewery.

The suspect submitted to standardized field sobriety tests performed poorly on them and was arrested and charged with DUI as well as charges related to the hit and run collision.

Police say that there were no injuries other than to the property that was reported as a result of the booze cruise that ended with no Escape for the owner of the Escape as he went to the Wicomico County slammer.

  • Maryland State Police patrol unit. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

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