Day at the Beach Results in Arrest for OUI 8th Offense
In a recent Boston Globe article, Staff Correspondent John R. Ellement reported on a man who just charged with his eighth (8th) drunk driving offense, despite having his driver’s license revoked for life. The Globe reported that the 60 year old Winthrop man as 7 prior DUI convictions, dating back to the 70s.
The Registry of Motor Vehicles reported that Joseph F. Limone has not held a valid driver’s license since 1985. However, that did not stop him from driving his Lincoln Town Car on Revere Beach Parkway last week. He attracted the attention of a police officer when he was repeatedly beeping his car’s horn as he was following another car too closely. He was allegedly agitated and yelling at the vehicle in front of him. According to court records, he was swerving back and forth between lanes as he continued to yell. When a Massachusetts State Trooper tried to stop Limone, he allegedly drove the wrong way down a one way street. He was reported to be unsteady on his feet and used the side of his car for balance. His eyes were extremely bloodshot and glassy He allegedly claimed not to have his driver’s license with him and gave police a false name. His speech was slurred and police allegedly detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his mouth. Court records indicated that Limone claimed to have consumed “two shots.”
During a search, troopers found his Massachusetts Registry Identification card which reflected his true identity. When taking the alphabet field sobriety test, he allegedly mixed up the letters. While performing the one-legged stand, he allegedly lost his balance and touched his leg to the ground three times. During the heel to toe test, he also failed to touch his heel to his toe every time and used his arms for balance, according to court records. When he attempted to perform the test for a second time, he lost his balance three times on the first nine steps and twice on the second nine steps.
When troopers advised him that he was going to be placed under arrest for Limone made several threats to the arresting officer and swore at him multiple times. A motor vehicle inventory revealed a rum shot and a Budweiser beer on the passenger seat of the Town Car. He kicked and broke the passenger side cruiser window out and caused damage to the cruiser door. The door frame appeared to be bent. A report filed with the Chelsea District Court disclosed that Limone became extremely combative and resistant. He had to be sprayed with pepper spray. He was shouting and made several racial statements and appeared to be out of control. He refused to submit to a breath test and the Registry will revoke his license (again), for life as a result of the chemical test refusal.
There’s no doubt that this man represents a threat to public safety. However, there’s equally no dispute that a license suspension did nothing to prevent him from driving and endangering the public. There is, however, a device which would help him. A breath alcohol ignition interlock device. An IID is an electronic lockout device which is weird to a car’s ignition system. It prevents the vehicle from starting if the driver has any appreciable alcohol in his or her system. Although a license suspension could not prevent this man from driving while intoxicated, an ignition interlock device may have. He is due to appear back in Chelsea District Court for a pretrial conference.