Repeat drunk driver arrested in Brighton for sixth OUI

A repeat drunk driver was arrested in Brighton Thursday night for operating under the influence for the sixth time, according to Boston police.

Officer James Moccia, a spokesman for the Boston Police Department, said the man was seen attempting to order food in a restaurant at 366 Washington St. in Brighton. But his attempts at communicating with the staff were unsuccessful, he said.

“He was stumbling, and swaying side to side . . . while trying to order food,” Moccia said.

The man later told police his name was Jay C. Coleman, 52, of Boston, but also gave several aliases, including the name Steve Cooper, according to police. He gave the address of a homeless shelter as his residence, police said.


Coleman, who was slurring his words in the restaurant, eventually left and got into a 2015 Nissan Altima and drove away, with the police following him, according to Moccia. After observing him swerving in the road, police pulled the car over in the area of Cambridge and Saunders streets, he said.

But after Coleman stopped, he suddenly took off, and police pursued him again. When officers located the Nissan Altima on Ridgemont Street, the vehicle was unoccupied, Moccia said. A K-9 police dog tracked down Coleman in the area of Hichborn and North Beacon streets, where he was placed under arrest, according to Moccia.

Coleman faces numerous charges, including failing to stop, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating with a suspended license, providing a false name, unsafe operation of a motor vehicle, and operating under the influence as a sixth offense.

He is expected to be arraigned Monday in Brighton Municipal Court, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

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