Donald Porter, 51, of Peabody, was arraigned yesterday morning in Salem District Court for his 6th Massachusetts Drunk Driving Charge. Following his arraignment on Operation of a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, 5th or Subsequent Offense, Porter was held without bail pending a Dangerousness Hearing.
According to Peabody Police and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, Donald Porter was allegedly driving his truck Tuesday evening and crashed into a snowbank at an intersection. The truck was then stuck on the median or island. When officers responded to the crash site and asked Porter what happened, he allegedly told them that he “took the corner too wide and went off the road.”
Just as in every single OUI case and as they are trained to do, officers reported that Porter’s speech was “slurred and thick” and that he smelled of alcohol.
Although he first denied having had anything to drink, prosecutors allege that Porter then admitted to having whiskey with dinner a half-hour prior to the crash. According to the Peabody Police Department, Porter alleged failed two out of three Field Sobriety Tests.
The penalty for DUI / OUI Fifth or Subsequent Offense in Massachusetts is severe. A drunk driving charge with so many prior convictions could result in a minimum-mandatory state prison sentence of not less than 2.5 years and up to 5 years. Additionally, the person faces a lifetime revocation of his driver’s license, without the possibility of ever obtaining a hardship license.
Massachusetts OUI Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis understands the extremely serious penalties one faces when charged with any Massachusetts Drunk Driving or DUI Related Crimes, and for that reason, makes himself available 24/7 for consultation.
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