Leopoldo C. Diaz, 29, of Laurel, Del., was contacted by police Friday afternoon when an officer observed him driving a vehicle with an open container of alcohol in the area of Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk. While in custody, officers learned that Diaz had multiple felony warrants for his arrest out of Wicomico County, Maryland.
On April 28th, 2017, just after 1:30pm, an officer was attending to a parking issued when he observed Diaz, who was driving a black GMC Terrain, pull into the parking space next to where he was standing. The officer observed two alcoholic beverages inside the vehicle, one of which was open. The officer investigated further by contacting Diaz at which time he observed that Diaz was displaying signs of alcohol impairment.
Due to a language barrier, officers were unable to administer Diaz standardized roadside sobriety field test; however, based upon their observations, the officers took Diaz into custody and transported him to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department where further blood alcohol testing was conducted.
While at the police department, officers used fingerprint identification technology to identify Diaz and subsequently discovered that he had an active warrant out of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Department for numerous charges including felony burglary and assault.
Diaz was arrested and charged with 1 count of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, 1 count of driving without a license, and 1 count of being a fugitive from another state. Diaz is being held without bail at the Sussex Correctional Institution pending extradition.
Submitted by PIO Lt. Jaime B. Riddle.