UPDATE – Results – Newark Police to Conduct Distracted Driving Enforcement

On Thursday, March 25th, members of the Newark Police Special Enforcement Division, which includes both the Traffic and Special Operations Units, conducted a one-day directed enforcement detail targeting distracted driving. The areas targeted included, among other areas, the construction site on Elkton Road between Christina Parkway and Otts Chapel Road.

The detail lasted approximately 6 hours.  During that time, officers issued 140 citations, mostly for use of a cell phone while driving and failure to wear a seatbelt. In addition to these violations, citations were also issued for these offenses:

  • Driving While Suspended
  • Disregarding a Red Light
  • Failure to Yield
  • Driving over the Median
  • Registration Violations
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Blocking an Intersection

The Newark Police will continue to enforce traffic laws to reduce crashes, a majority of which are caused by distracted driving and other inattentive driving behaviors.

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Wilmington Man Arrested for Fourth Offense DUI; Two Others Charged With DUI During Daytime Hours

In less than 24 hours, Newark Police have charged three people with DUI stemming from three separate incidents all occurring during daytime hours.


On March 23, 2021, at 0811 hours, Newark Police responded to a hit & run crash at the intersection of Elkton Road and Christina Parkway.  During the crash, a maroon Lexus struck a vehicle and left the scene on Elkton Road.  The driver of the vehicle that was struck contacted a Newark Police Officer, who stopped the suspect vehicle.  Following a DUI investigation, the driver was taken into custody without incident.  She was identified as Viviana Depradel, 38, of New Castle.  She was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and released on her own recognizance.


On March 23, 2021, at about 1143 hours, Newark Police were called to a hotel in the 600 block of South College Avenue for a report of an intoxicated male leaving in a vehicle.  The reporting person told police that an intoxicated male left the hotel in a vehicle.  Officers found the vehicle a short distance away in the parking lot of a different hotel in the 600 block of South College Avenue.  An officer contacted the male driver, who was still seated behind the wheel.  He was identified as Robert Latzko Jr., 51, of Wilmington.  After conducting a DUI investigation, Latzko was taken into custody without incident.

Latzko was transported to Newark Police headquarters where he was charged with Fourth Offense Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  Latzko appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video and was released on $4,000 unsecured bail.


On March 24, 2021, at about 0723 hours, Newark Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Library Avenue south of East Delaware Avenue.  During the crash, a vehicle struck a sign in the median and left the scene.  A Newark Police Officer located the vehicle and its driver a short distance away.  Following a DUI investigation, the driver was taken into custody without incident.  He was identified as James Clifford, 35, of Smyrna.  He was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and released on his own recognizance.


No photos of the suspects are available at this time.