Repeat drunk driver, 34, who went on the lam found hiding in a basement

Yarmouth Police Department

A repeat drunk driver who skipped out on a court date Monday in Barnstable was found hiding in a Yarmouth basement Thursday morning, ending a manhunt for a suspect who was allegedly intoxicated when he nearly collided with a police cruiser over the weekend.

“GOOD WORK,” Yarmouth police tweeted out after the arrest Joshua Joseph Brooks, a 34-year-old Yarmouthport resident whom officers described in a statement as a “5-time drunk driver.”

Brooks, the release said, was “hiding in a basement at a home in Yarmouthport” when police captured him around 10 a.m. and took him to the station for booking on a default warrant stemming from his abrupt courthouse departure on Monday.


“The Yarmouth Police Department Command Staff commends the public for their ongoing support and all of the Police Officers involved in today’s arrest,” the statement.

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It was the second time police had arrested Brooks since Saturday afternoon, when authorities say he almost caused a head-on collision with a cruiser near the intersection of Buck Island Road and Higgins-Crowell Road in Yarmouth.

The officer driving the cruiser narrowly avoided the crash and then stopped Brooks, who apologized and said he was coming from a dog park, police said in a statement.

Brooks, who has two prior drunk driving convictions and four prior OUI arrests, appeared intoxicated and was booked after failing field sobriety tests, police said.

He posted $500 bail at the police station, plus a $40 weekend assessment, and walked into Barnstable District Court Monday for arraignment, according to police.


Then things got interesting.

Police said Brooks “arrived at court . . . but did not complete the process and left.”

Brooks’s four-page driving record provided by the Registry of Motor Vehicles includes entries for an accident in Andover in 2000; a breathalyzer refusal in Mashpee in 2002 resulting in a 180-day license suspension; an accident and breathalyzer refusal in Barnstable in 2003, earning him a yearlong suspension; an accident in Vermont in 2009; an accident in Yarmouth in February 2010; a breathalyzer refusal in June 2010 in Yarmouth and another suspension; and a two-year license revocation in 2011 for drunk driving.

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