Criminal Justice

Judge Orders Man Charged with Drunken Driving for the 7th Time Held Without Bail as Public Danger

A Massachusetts man charged, for the seventh time, with drunken driving is being held without bond as a public danger until trial.

John P. Sawicki, 49, is also charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, after having been found, police said, in its driver’s seat, as it sat parked in a driveway in Marlborough with the keys in the ignition, GateHouse News Service reports.

Police also cited multiple reports that the vehicle had been seen driving erratically a short time earlier.

Sawicki’s lawyer, Darry Holt, called a social worker from an addiction treatment center as a witness at a Friday hearing in the Marlborough District Court case.

She described Sawicki as a gentle man struggling with alcoholism and bipolar disorder. When not properly treated, he can become manic, she told the judge.

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