Dover City Councilman Tanner Polce pled guilty to DUI Aug. 9.
Dover city Councilman Tanner Polce was fined $500 and court costs after waiving a jury trial and pleading guilty to a single charge of driving under the influence.
Polce, who initially had pled not guilty, changed his plea during an Aug. 9 appearance before Court of Common Pleas Judge Sheldon K. Rennie.
Other charges against the First District councilman, including failure to remain stopped at a stop sign and inattentive driving, were dropped.
In addition to the fine, Polce was placed on probation for 12 months, but that part of the sentence was suspended.
According to Delaware State Police reports, on May 28 Polce was in New Castle County, driving along Chesapeake City Road when he failed to stop at the intersection with Red Lion Road. His car was hit by a northbound Honda Accord; although he was not injured, the driver and passenger in the Accord were treated at Christiana Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
At the time, Polce issued a statement where he denied he was driving under the influence.
“I contest this allegation and look forward to proving my innocence in court,” he wrote.
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, who Polce serves as policy director, said in a statement at the time she was “disappointed” that alcohol may have been involved in the incident.
Hall-Long’s office has not commented on Polce’s guilty plea.
In addition, Polce’s attorney, Sean M. Lynn of Dover, has said neither he nor his client will comment on the case.
Polce however may find his work hampered by the plea: according to Delaware law, any individual convicted of a DUI offense is prohibited from driving for a set period of time, after which he or she must have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle.
The device prevents a vehicle from being started if the driver has been drinking.
The amount of time a license is revoked and the period the interlock is used depends on the individual’s blood alcohol content at the time of the arrest.
That information was not released by Delaware State Police.