Delaware State Police Beat: Police believe speed and booze sent Jeep flipping into pole; cut in half, killing driver

Delaware Police Beat

Police believe speed and booze sent Jeep flipping into pole; cut in half, killing driver; drug dealer slum lord won’t be a nuisance any longer

The Chesapeake Today June front pageTOWNSEND, DEL. — A gruesome crash in the early morning hours near Townsend killed a man who Delaware State Police believe had been drinking and was speeding.

The Middletown, Del. man who was the operator of the Jeep Liberty involved in the fatal motor vehicle crash which occurred on Dexter Corner Road, south of Townsend this past weekend, has been identified as Malcolm J. McAlpin.

Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash which occurred south of Townsend.

The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred as a 46-year-old Middletown, Del., man was operating a 2002 Jeep Liberty and was traveling in a northbound direction on Dexter Corner Road north of Ratledge Road, just south of Townsend. For an unknown reason, the Jeep left the east edge of Dexter Corner Road before veering back onto the roadway and leaving the west edge where it began to overturn. The passenger side of the Jeep then struck a utility pole which then split in half. The Jeep continued rolling in a northern direction before coming to rest on its passenger side, 15” from the west edge of Dexter Corner Road. The male operator, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected out of the driver’s door window. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim’s name is being withheld pending the notification of his next of kin. Speed and alcohol use are being considered as factors in this crash.

The exact date and time of the crash is unknown at this time as it was discovered by a passing motorist at approximately 3:36 a.m. this morning, Saturday, June 13, 2015.

Dexter Corner Road between Ratledge Road and the limits of Townsend was closed for approximately 4.5 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.

Department of Justice Helps Shut Down Nuisance Property in Townsend

(March 13, 2015) — The home, owned by Malcolm McAlpin, was the site of drug use and numerous illegal drug transactions since 2011. The property has also been the target of numerous complaints from neighbors about drug activity and violence.

On March 3, 2015, McAlpin, and Shawn Roy, another resident of the home, agreed to vacate the home no later than March 18th, and conduct no nuisance activity at the property, pursuant to an order by Superior Court Judge Andrea Rocanelli. McAlpin also agreed to sell the property, listing it with a licensed realtor, and have the State pre-approve any potential buyer. Once the sale is complete, the State will file a motion to dismiss its lawsuit against McAlpin and Roy.

John Grimm and Renee Leverette led the proceedings for the Delaware Department of Justice, and were assisted by Delaware State Police detective Sgt. Andrew Lloyd.

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