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Man charged with drunk driving for 5th time

A Massachusetts man from Attleboro was recently arrested on drunk driving charges. Police said he is a repeat drunk driving offender. The drunk driving arrest took place following a vehicle crash in the area of an apartment complex.

According to police, the 59-year-old man crashed into another vehicle while attempting to drive into his apartment building area. The accident happened at around 3:45 p.m. Police said the man completed a breath test, which showed that his blood alcohol level was quadruple the legal limit.

A judge ordered for him to be kept in jail with no bail. However, the judge did say he would reconsider this decision if the man's attorney could find him a spot in a residential alcohol addiction treatment facility. No place could be secured in time for a dangerousness hearing involving the man, with his lawyer arguing that most of his previous DUI arrests took place back in the 1980s. Based on the state's dangerousness law, the man may be kept behind bars without bail for as many as 120 days. The current charge of drinking and driving is his 5th one; he also faces charges of violating a driver's license restriction and for operating a vehicle to endanger.

If appropriate based on the circumstances, defense counsel for the man might explore the possibility of striking a plea deal with the prosecution. A plea agreement might result in a lighter sentence for the man compared with what may result following a finding of guilt at trial. If it is explored in this instance, entry into a residential alcohol treatment facility may be a prerequisite to any plea agreement. Nevertheless, a person arrested on drunk driving charges in Massachusetts always retains the right to contest the accusations at trial.

Source:, "Attleboro man facing fifth drunken-driving offense in jail without bail", David Linton, Nov. 16, 2015

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