State police have arrested Travis Lucyies, 33, of Jackson, Alabama after he sped along Coastal Highway around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday at an estimated 100+ m.p.h. eventually crashing and rolling his SUV and abandoning his two injured passengers as he fled on foot.
That accident happened at Wescoats Road outside Lewes. But police say Lucyies had fled another accident minutes earlier at the intersection of John J. Williams Highway where he allegedly rear-ended another vehicle stopped at the traffic light. No injuries were reported in that accident.
Investigators say Lucyies, who was driving a black GMC Yukon, continued north on Coastal Highway when he sideswiped another vehicle, crossed the median and finally rolled over into the southbound lanes at Wescoats Road. That is where Lucyies allegedly took off on foot, abandoning his two injured male passengers. They were taken to Beebe Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses provided a description of the Yukon’s driver to responding troopers who found Lucyies walking in the parking lot of the Grotto’s Grand Slam on Coastal Highway at Shady Road. Upon contact, police say troopers detected an odor of alcohol and a DUI investigation was initiated.
Lucyies was taken to Troop 7 where he was charged with a felony of 4th offense DUI-alcohol, vehicular assault 2nd degree, leaving the scene of a collision resulting in injury, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, reckless driving, driving without a valid license, driving vehicle at unreasonable or imprudent speed, following a motor vehicle too closely and other related traffic offenses. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court #3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $11,117 secured bond.
Images courtesy Lewes Fire Department Inc., and DSP.