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Police charge Massachusetts man with 4th DUI

Multiple drunk driving arrests can have serious criminal consequences for drivers. The potential jail time and associated fines typically increase with each DUI conviction, and defendants usually stand to lose their driving privileges for long periods of time. A Massachusetts man was recently arrested for what police said was his fourth drunk driving offense.

Police initially spotted the man's vehicle during a drunk driving patrol. They claim that they observed a safety inspection sticker on his white van that was dated 2015, indicating that it had not undergone a recent inspection. When they tried to initiate a traffic stop, the 46-year-old driver allegedly kept going, initiating a chase. He eventually came to a stop, but then exited his vehicle and began to run. Police eventually used a Taser to stop him.

Although it is not clear what methods police used to establish his blood-alcohol content, he was charged with a fourth offense of drunk driving. Due to past convictions, he did not have driving privileges at the time of the traffic stop, and he was also charged with driving while his license was revoked. Police also filed a number of other charges, including allegations of negligent driving, failing to stay in his lane, failing to stop for police, failing to signal and more.

These are all serious criminal matters that require careful time and attention to fully address. DUI charges in particular can be especially severe when there are instances of past arrests or convictions. Since these types of charges tend to move swiftly, quick action by Massachusetts defendants is usually advisable.

Source: Martha's Vineyard, MA Patch, "4th DUI For Cape Cod Man Driving With Dog: Police", Jason Claffey, Dec. 22, 2017

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