(Dec. 21, 2018) A call from a citizen helped locate a 23-year-old man arrested last Monday in connection with driving under the influence, according to an arrest report filed in District Court in Ocean City.
Alexander Shawn Sapeta, 23, of Millsboro, Delaware, was arrested on Dec. 10 and charged with several offenses, including two counts of driving or attempting to drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent driving and driving or attempting to drive a vehicle while so far impaired by alcohol that the person cannot drive safely, according to the arrest report.
Police responded to assist with a traffic stop around 3:33 p.m. on the 13000 block of Coastal Highway after being advised to look out for an erratic driver operating a black Ford SUV.
The complainant who notified police said she saw the driver, later identified as Sapeta, put a green and white Utz potato chip bag over his head as he backed out of a parking space and almost hit another car in the process, according to the arrest report.
The complainant told police she followed the vehicle for several blocks to a CVS store, where Sapeta reportedly parked for several minutes. She added that Sapeta backed out of the parking spot as well, and again almost hit another vehicle before speed through the parking lot, police reported.
She then said she saw Sapeta drive onto Coastal Highway and almost cause an accident as he made a U-Turn at 120th Street without yielding to oncoming traffic.
Police said the accused told them he had four alcoholic drinks and had smoked marijuana in the previous two hours. According to the arrest report, he failed a roadside sobriety test and posted a .17 BAC in a later breathalyzer test.
Police searched Sapeta’s vehicle and found two miniature empty bottles of Smirnoff vodka, and a clear plastic baggie filled with what was later identified as marijuana, according to the report.