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    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.

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    “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.

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    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.

    Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.