A Danvers man, Kenneth Ouimette has been charged with drunk driving for the seventh time. Ouimette was arrested on June 13 and jailed since then, following a near collision with a police cruiser around 2 AM in Lynn. He was noticeably impaired during the arrest and booking and has a history of drunk driving infractions as far back as 1976. In 2006 he was sentenced to 2 ½ years in jail and his license was suspended. He is also currently charged with driving with a suspended license.
Joseph Thuranira, from Beverly, will also continue his stay in lock-up due to drunk driving charges and a warrant from immigration authorities. Last May 29, Thuranira was in a motor vehicle accident and registered a .31 on the Breathalyzer. Then, on August 3 he was arrested again for another accident.this time his Breathalyzer register .38. The legal limit for DUI is .08. Most people lose consciousness when their BAL reaches .15 or above.
Harold F. Bennett Jr of Danvers was also arrested for drunk driving last week, his 4th offense and is also charged with driving with a suspended license, for the 6th time. It is unclear from the news reports if Mr. Bennett has been retained in custody or if he is out on bail.
In a technical legal maneuver, a man accused of his sixth drunk driving offense has had the charge vacated due to a misconduct allegation against the state trooper who arrested him. William Velasquez, 52, of Woburn will not be charged with his 6th offense for drunk driving as trooper Sean McGarry was suspended in April. Velasquez is also attempting to reverse the Registry of Motor Vehicle’s life time suspension of his drivers license, following this arrest. This despite an admission by Mr. Velasquez that he had drunk three beers and part of a fourth just prior to his arrest. It was noted that Velasquez has had no convictions for drunken driving since 1995.
All four stories point to significant public safety risks posed by the four drivers. When someone is unable to refrain from driving under the influence, despite multiple arrests, accidents and license suspensions, it is apparent that they are alcoholic and not just a scoff-law. With repeated dangerous behavior such as that illustrated above, public safety must take precedence over individual rights and incarceration with mandated drug treatment is in order.