BROCKTON — A chronic drunk driver with an 11-page driving record was ordered held without bail Monday after pleading not guilty to his ninth offense of operating under the influence.
William Doten, 65, was arrested last Thursday when police found his red pickup truck stopped in the middle of West Main Street in Avon.
When Doten rolled down his window, a responding officer was “immediately hit with an overwhelming smell of alcohol in the truck,” authorities said.
Doten failed one sobriety test, and gave up during his second, voluntarily putting his hands behind his back to be cuffed, police said.
Doten’s license was revoked for life in 1998, according to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, but he has continued to drive. In 2001, he was convicted of operating under the infuence in Abington, and the next year he was convicted of the same offense in Bridgewater. In all, he has been convicted at least eight times, dating back to 1977, officials said.
On Monday, prosecutors sought to have Doten held under the state’s dangerousness statute. A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 23.
“Based on his history and recent events, we feel there is a real question whether he can be released without posing a danger to those around him,” Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said in a statement.
Doten was arraigned at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, where he was a patient. It was unclear why he was hospitalized. Doten’s lawyer, Joseph Eisenstadt, could not be reached for comment.
In the Avon arrest, police said they found open bottles of vodka and Bud Light in the passenger compartment, prosecutors said.
Michael Verseckes, a spokesman for the state Transportation Department, said Doten has not had a valid license or active registration since 1994, making it impossible to implement restrictions such as an ignition interlock device.
He has had his license revoked for life several times, but to little effect.
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