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Easton man faces charges after 9th drunken driving arrest

An Easton man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Taunton District Court after being arrested for drunken driving for the ninth time, police 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. Wednesday. 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 Wednesday.

Frates was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Jan. 22, a Bristol district attorney’s spokesman said.

This was Frates’s ninth drunken driving arrest, according to his 10-page driving record, which was released by the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Frates received a lifetime license suspension after refusing a breathalyzer test in 2007, but records showed he has continued to drive.

Rehoboth police said Wednesday that Frates’s arrest was his eighth for drunken driving. But the RMV records indicated it was his ninth.

“Despite the best efforts of the RMV and law enforcement, some people show a blatant disregard for public safety and they continue to break the law,” said Department of Transportation spokesperson Michael Verseckes in an e-mail.

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