DELAWARE: Thanks to the Lenient Judges of Delaware Jerod Kernodle plowed into family’s minivan rear end at a traffic light to earn his 5th DUI and injured two people
LAUREL, VA. – How does a repeat offender impaired driver manage to stay out of prison? Ask the bozos of the Delaware Judiciary why so many repeat offender DUI drivers can skip prison time and are returned to the highways to maim and kill.
The Delaware State Police report that they have arrested 36-year-old Jerod M. Kernodle, of 2 Mary Street, Georgetown, Del., with his 5th offense DUI after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash.
The incident occurred on September 25, 2019, at approximately 5:57 p.m., when Troopers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Sussex Highway (US 13), south of Trussum Pond Road involving injuries. Further investigation revealed that a 2008 Chrysler Minivan was stopped at a red light on northbound US 13 when a 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage, operated by Kernodle struck the rear of the vehicle.
Police say that when Troopers made contact with Kernodle an odor of alcohol was detected, and a DUI investigation ensued. A computer inquiry revealed that Kernodle had four previous DUI convictions, making this his fifth offense, and a suspended driver’s license.
The operator of the minivan a 33-year-old female and her 7-year-old passenger were transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Kernodle did not sustain injury and was taken into custody at the scene. He was transported back to Troop 5 where he was charged with the following:
- 5th Offense Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (Felony)
- Vehicular Assault Third Degree (2 counts)
- Driving While Suspended
Kernodle was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $6000.00 cash-only bond.