Man Arrested for 5th DUI: Cops

A man who police say led them on a short chase which ended in a crash, was arrested for his 5th DUI.

By David Chang
|  Monday, Aug 13, 2012  |  Updated 10:18 PM EDT
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Man Arrested for 5th DUI: Cops

Delaware State Police

Josephi Anastasi was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and other related offenses. Investigators say a computer check revealed he had four previous DUI convictions dating all the way back to 1992.

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A man who police say led them on a short chase which ended in a crash, was arrested for his 5th DUI.

It happened Saturday around 11:22 p.m. Investigators say a trooper on patrol was near Coastal Highway and Sylvan Acres Road north of Milton, Delaware. Suddenly, police say, the trooper spotted a Dodge pickup truck traveling above the speed limit. The trooper followed the truck and tried to conduct a traffic stop but the driver allegedly failed to pull over, swerving in between traffic at a high speed.

Police say the driver, later identified as Josephi Anastasi, 40, of Milford, led the trooper on a short chase southbound on SR1. Anastasi then allegedly turned right onto Reynolds Road and lost control of his truck before striking a construction sign and a fence. Police say Anastasi then fled on foot into a nearby cornfield where he was quickly captured by the trooper. He was not injured in the crash.

Credit: Delaware State Police

Anastasi was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and other related offenses. Investigators say a computer check revealed he had four previous DUI convictions dating all the way back to 1992. He was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $11,759 cash bail.
 

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