Orleans Police Arrest Man After Sixth O.U.I. Offense

PoliceORLEANS- Orleans Police arrested a 44-year-old man Wednesday afternoon for allegedly driving erratically in a parking lot, but found that the man had previous convictions for O.U.I.

Around 3:45 p.m., Police received a call from witnesses at Rock Harbor who reported a vehicle had traveled into the parking lot at a high rate of speed almost crashing into vehicle and without any license plates on it.

Witnesses also told police that the operator of the vehicle, later identified as Gerald Lopes, was attempting to start the vehicle again to leave, but stalled in the lot.

Sergeant William Norton and Officer Pat Cronin soon arrived on location and found the vehicle parked in front of Young’s Fish Market.

Police say Lopes exited the vehicle and Officers spoke with him.

While speaking with Lopes, the owner of the vehicle had called the Police Department reporting that his vehicle had just been stolen by Lopes.

Officers noticed Lopes had consumed alcohol and observed him to be very unsteady on his feet.

After a short investigation Lopes was placed under arrest for Operating under the influence of Alcohol and Unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

During the booking process, it was discovered that Lopes had been found guilty five previous times for O.U.I, and that his license had been revoked for being a habitual traffic offender.

Lopes was arraigned in Orleans District Court yesterday, and is currently being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.

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