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The primary objectives of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department are to preserve life and property, enforce all federal, state, and local laws in an impartial manner, and maintain a safe and peaceful environment for the residents and guests of the city.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is dubbed the "Nation's Summer Capital" due to the large influx of tourists from the Washington, DC area.   The Rehoboth Beach Police Department currently employs 17 full-time police officers and 9 full-time dispatchers. We also employ seasonal police officers to augment our full-time staff during the busy tourist season.

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Jennie L. Martin, 39, of Bethany Beach, Del. was arrested Saturday (02/09/19) evening for her fourth offense of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol after she was stopped for her involvement in an altercation at Blackwall Hitch restaurant located in the first block of Rehoboth Avenue. 

At around 9:00pm, Rehoboth Beach Police were called to Blackwall Hitch for a report of a disorderly person later identified as Martin.  Upon arrival, officers learned from the restaurant staff that Martin had left the business. Through investigative means, officers learned that prior to their arrival Martin, a former employee, allegedly entered the restaurant attempting to collect tax documents from the manager.  When advised that the documents were not available, Martin allegedly became disorderly yelling profanity.  Another employee attempted to walk Martin out of the restaurant, at which time she allegedly punched him in the face. 

After clearing the scene, officers began searching the area for Martin when they were called back to the restaurant as Martin had returned.  When officers arrived, they located Martin fleeing in a black Jeep Cherokee with Maryland registration.  Martin was stopped in the first block of Rehoboth Avenue west bound and taken into custody. 

Upon approaching the vehicle and making contact with Martin, officers observed that she showed signs of intoxication.  Subsequently, Martin was administered standardized field sobriety tests and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Martin was transported to Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Delaware for additional testing.  Further investigation revealed that Martin had three prior alcohol related driving convictions making this her fourth offense and a felony.  

In addition, during an inventory search of her vehicle, officers located a small amount of suspected marijuana and paraphernalia.

Martin was arrested and charged with 1 count of felony fourth offense driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and the following misdemeanors; 1 count of possession of marijuana, 1 count of offensive touching, and 1 count of disorderly conduct. Martin was also charged with 1 count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a civil violation, and 1 count of displaying a fictitious registration card or tag, a traffic violation.

Martin was committed to Sussex Correction Institution in default of $4750.00 secured bail.  

Release by PIO Lt. Jaime Riddle. 

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