Nick McWilliams reporting – The string of bad luck for the Dover Police Department and its cruiser fleet continued over the past weekend.

Safety Director Gerry Mroczkowski has been updating council on the ongoing situation with the police cruiser fleet, which has had reduced numbers recently.

He says that over the weekend, another vehicle had to be taken out of service due to a late-night crash in the city.

“We lost one to a storm, one because of engine issues, and we lost another one this past Sunday morning. At 2:30 in the morning, one of our cruisers got hit in the side by a non-insured drunk driver. The officer driving the car was taken to the hospital, he was checked, and he was fine and returned to work. The gentleman driving the other car spent a short time in the county jail.”

An initially assessment of the damage came in with a $6,000 price tag according to Mroczkowski, but he says that more damage will likely be found when the shop evaluates the underside.

The three new cruisers that were ordered by the city are not in service, due to a delay with parts for the fitment of interior components like the cage between the driver’s seat and the back.

In other city safety forces news, the department has hired a new officer who will start on Thursday, and a new firefighter is currently undergoing pre-employment examination.

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