FAIR HILL — A Delaware man is facing numerous charges after allegedly driving a Ford F-250 pick-up truck into the side of Rookie’s Hilltop Inn Saturday night.
Sean John Kelly, 27, from Wilmington, is charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving among others according to Lt. Michael Holmes, spokesman for the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
Just after 8 p.m. Saturday night Kelly, alone in the truck, allegedly drove into the north side of the bar and restaurant, leaving structural damage to the side of the building facing Telegraph Road.
“The building was occupied at the time,” Holmes said Monday.
In talking with witnesses DFC Myles Tornetta learned that a truck matching the one that struck the building had been seen in the area earlier that evening.
“Witnesses saw him allegedly driving recklessly about 20- to 30-minutes earlier and then left the area,” Holmes said. “Then he came back and was seen racing westbound on Telegraph.”
At 8:10 p.m. the red truck was seen by outdoor diners at the restaurant crossing the double yellow line and passing a black truck at a high rate of speed.
“He lost control and collided with the building,” Holmes said. The building had to be shut down temporarily.
Rick Wyre with the Cecil County Office of Permits and Inspections said the property at 825 Hilltop Road has been deemed unsafe for habitation due to the extensive damage.
Hilltop Inn had been operating by carry out only until Friday night when Gov. Larry Hogan eased the restrictions on restaurants and allowed outdoor dining.
Tornetta, in his report, stated he smelled alcohol and conducted a field sobriety test to Kelly. Holmes said Kelly refused to consent to a breath test.
“He suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene,” Holmes said, adding there were no other injuries reported.