Intoxicated Driver Shears Off Fire Hydrant, Flees On Foot


Rehoboth Beach police arrested a woman this past Tuesday after she jumped the curb while driving a Pontiac G6, toppling a fire hydrant and eventually fleeing the investigating officer on foot.

The accident was reported around 4:23 p.m. at Christian Street and Scarborough Avenue.  That is where officers found the driver, Gillie M. Tice, 39, of Dagsboro.  About 20 minutes later, as the reporting officer was completing accident paperwork in his patrol car, police said Tice fled the scene running through the Walls Apartments.

Officers searched for her for about 30 minutes until they finally captured her near the Bellmoor Inn & Spa.  Once captured, police said Tice showed signs of intoxication. She was taken to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department for further sobriety testing.

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Police said Tice was arrested and charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest, driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, failing to drive in proper lane, driving over or upon a curb, expired registration, failure to sign and carry a driver’s license and failure to have insurance identification in possession. She has since been released on a $2000 unsecured bail.