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Easton man arraigned on ninth drunk driving charge

An Easton man pleaded not guilty today in Taunton District Court after being arrested for drunk driving for the ninth time, authorities said.

David Frates, 46, was arraigned on charges of operating under the influence, driving with a revoked license, and carrying an open container of alcohol.

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Rehoboth police came across Frates in a parked car on the side of Winthrop Street (Route 44) at around 1:30 a.m. today. When police asked why he was parked there, Frates held up a closed flip phone and said he was trying to text, said Rehoboth Police Sergeant Richard Shailor.

Police noticed Frates was holding a plastic cup of what appeared to be alcohol, and a search of his vehicle uncovered an open bottle of blackberry brandy, Shailor said.

Frates is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Jan. 22.

Itwas Frates’s ninth OUI, according to his 10-page driving record and the state Transportation Department.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.

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