The Delaware State Police have arrested 50-year-old Francho Robinson of Bear, Delaware for Vehicular Assault, DUI, and other offenses after he drove through a closed accident scene, struck a parked State Police vehicle and injured a trooper.
On March 12, 2023, at approximately 5:02 a.m., troopers responded to southbound Interstate 495 south of Philadelphia Pike in Wilmington for a collision. As a result of the collision, I-495 was closed to traffic by members of the State Police, DelDOT, and the Claymont Fire Company. Despite the highway being closed, a white Maserati began traveling through the scene, disregarding all emergency lights and traffic signals and continuing southbound on I-495. The driver of the Maserati, identified as Francho Robinson, then struck a fully-marked Delaware State Police Chevrolet Tahoe that had its emergency lights on to block traffic. After the collision, troopers contacted Robinson, who displayed signs of impairment. He was taken into custody at the scene without further incident.
A trooper was seated in the parked Tahoe at the time of the crash. He was taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and was later released.
Robinson was taken to Troop 1 and charged with the following crimes:
- Reckless Endangering First Degree (Felony)
- Vehicular Assault First Degree (Felony)
- Driving Under the Influence
- Numerous traffic charges
Robinson was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and was released after posting $12,400 secured bond.
The Delaware State Police have arrested 38-year-old Dustin Ellsworth of Smyrna, Delaware for felony DUI following a traffic stop that occurred in Smyrna this morning.
On March 12, 2023, at approximately 8:15 a.m., a trooper on patrol observed a blue Mazda 3 traveling at a high rate of speed on southbound Dupont Parkway south of Pine Tree Road. The trooper stopped the sedan and contacted the driver and only occupant, identified as Dustin Ellsworth. Ellsworth displayed signs of impairment, and he was subsequently taken into custody for DUI without incident. Computer checks showed that Ellsworth has four prior convictions for DUI.
Ellsworth was taken to Troop 9 and charged with 5th Offense DUI (felony) and speeding. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 7 and released after posting $5,050 secured bond.