Middletown police stopped a man suspected of drunken driving last Sunday night and learned that he’s been convicted of drunken driving 12 times in the last 12 years, police said.
Police stopped Jose Dosreis, 57, at 9:20 p.m. on Sunday, May 12 after receiving a report of erratic driving on Newfield Street, police said.
As police followed Dosreis’ white Ford Explorer, he hit the center island in the road on Westfield Street, lurched forward and straddled lanes after stopping at a traffic light and ignored police sirens to stop, police said.
Police caught up to Dosreis in his driveway on Bailey Road and took the keys out of the ignition, police said.
When the officer asked Dosreis why he did not stop for police, he said “I’m drunk,” according to the arraignment report.
As police spoke with Dosreis, his speech was slurred to the point where the officer could not understand him, according to police, and he almost fell when getting out of the car.
When police asked how much he’d had to drink, Dosreis responded, “too much” and refused a sobriety test, according to police.
A family member later told police that Dosreis had started drinking at noon and consumed a 30-pack of beer. They had to physically prevent him from getting into his car and driving, according to the arraignment report.
Police said Dosreis fell several times while he was being booked and when asked about his prior DUI convictions, responded “I do my time, then I get out.”
As police were processing Dosreis, they mentioned about the possibility of going back to prison.
“It’ll be a three –month vacation, then I’ll be out again,” Dosreis said, according to police.
He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drug/alcohol, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license and failure to drive right.
He was released on a $1,500 non-surety bond and is due in court on May 24.
According to court records, Middletown Police arrested Dosreis on Jan. 19, and was charged with illegal operation of a motor vehicle under suspension and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. http://www.jud2.ct.gov/crdockets/CaseDetail.aspx?source=Pending&Key=00026135-d1ea-449d-9f18-413170c437c1