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Driver allegedly in midst of injecting drugs wrecks car

Witnesses report seeing syringe in car, while police allege opioids were used
By Greg Ellison | Oct 05, 2017
Courtesy of: Stephanie Lisi The wrecked vehicle driven by 25-year-old Anthony Roadarmel, who smashed into a guardrail on Route 113 near Berlin last Thursday, which police allege occurred while Roadarmel was under the influence of opioids.

(Oct. 6, 2017) Anthony Roadarmel, 25, of Selbyville is facing multiple charges for allegedly driving while impaired by opioids, after crashing his car into a guardrail near the intersection of Route 113 and Carey Road in Berlin last Thursday evening.

State police, who responded to the scene at approximately 6:46 p.m., said Roadarmel was northbound on Route 113 in a 2000 Chrysler 300, when he left the roadway and smashed into the guardrail, before stopping in a nearby wooded area.

Eyewitness Stephanie Lisi, who was traveling directly in front of Roadarmel before the accident, recounted the experience.

“I looked in the rearview mirror and he was flying up the road,” she said.

As she attempted to increase her speed to avoid a collision, Lisi said she realized her options were limited.

“I had nowhere to go because there was a woman on my right,” she said.

“I heard what sounded like a giant gong,” she said. “The front end of his car t-boned the end of the guard rail. His car had turned sideways and was sliding behind me.”

Lisi was among half a dozen people who pulled off the road to assist the driver.

“They managed to get this guy out of the car,” she said. “He was slumped over with a cigarette in his mouth.”

Although Roadarmel was able to recall his name and age, Lisi said those at the scene quickly concluded something was amiss.

“His speech was slurred and he was definitely disoriented,” she said. “He said, ‘I’m sore.’”

Another observer noticed Roadarmel had a one-inch wide red mark between his forearm and wrist.

“He was pulling something off his arm as we arrived,” she said.

Lisi said a bystander noticed a syringe in Roadarmel’s vehicle.

Troopers who contacted Roadarmel, the sole occupant of the vehicle, said he appeared impaired by opioids and was treated by EMS at the scene.

He was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for additional treatment.

After concluding Roadarmel was under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, police said he subsequently refused to submit a blood sample.

At that point, Roadarmel was charged with a handful of traffic citations and released. In addition to charges related to driving while impaired, he was also cited for failure to drive right of center, as well as reckless and negligent driving.

Surveying the damage the following day, Lisi said the guardrail Roadarmel struck was mangled beyond belief.

“It’s so surreal,” she said. “He almost ran myself, and the woman to the right of me, off the road. It’s a miracle he wasn’t killed.”

In July 2016 Ocean City Police arrested Roadarmel for misdemeanor possession of a controlled dangerous substance and associated paraphernalia.

Last October, Roadarmel was found guilty in District Court of one count of drug possession and was sentenced to 96 days in jail.

Roadarmel is scheduled to go on trial for the incident on Jan. 22 in Snow Hill District Court.

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