''There is no way this person should be driving," said Registry of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Aime O'Hearn.
It happened Friday night just after 9 p.m. when Officer Raymond Scichilone observed an erratic vehicle on Route 28 in Yarmouth. Mark A. Press was arrested for the ninth OUI, operating revoked (from a previous OUI), and an outstanding warrant for a previous OUI. It was not immediately clear if this is Press’ first arrest since Melanie’s Law went into effect strengthening penalties for repeat offenders.
The Cape Cod man's driver's license was last active in 2001 after his seventh drunken-driving conviction now faces an eighth charge after being arrested over the weekend for allegedly driving drunk in South Yarmouth, police said.
When Patrolman Raymond A. Scichilone pulled over the white Ford van and spoke to the driver, he said, he smelled alcohol on Press's breath and witnessed other unspecified signs of impairment. After running Press's license through a criminal database, the officer also found Press was using a driver's license that had last been active in 2001 after a drunken-driving conviction in Palmer.
Press, a summertime chef on the Cape who has moved from apartment to apartment in the Hyannis area for the last decade, also has an outstanding warrant related to the Palmer case. A clerk in the Palmer District Court did not have any details.
Yesterday, Press was arraigned on charges of drunken driving, operating on a suspended license, and failing to stay within marked lanes. He was ordered held without bail at his arraignment in Barnstable District Court, with a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Thursday.
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