WARREN - A 51-year-old Liberty Township man was being held in Trumbull County Jail after a judge raised his bond from $3,500 to $50,000 Wednesday when he finally appeared in court on his ninth drunken driving charge.
William Slater of Euclid Boulevard still has his eighth DUI case pending in another court. He is scheduled to appear on a pre-trial in that case later today.
Assistant county prosecutor Michael Burnett said Slater failed to show up earlier for the arraignment in front of Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay. He also missed a pre-trial on the pending case in front of Judge Ronald Rice.
''This guy has a felony conviction and has served prison time on a drug charge and he has 40 different license suspensions in different courts for either having more than 12 points on his driving record, or for driving under suspension or for the DUIs,'' Burnett said.
Five drunken driving cases within a 20-year period allows authorities to charge motorists with felony DUI cases. Slater was indicted most recently as a repeat OVI (operating a vehicle impaired) offender.
When he was charged with his eighth DUI by Liberty police on Dec. 7, 2012, Slater refused to take a Breathalyzer test to measure the content of alcohol in his bloodstream.
Then with that case pending, Liberty police stopped Slater on Belmont Avenue Jan. 11 and drew blood that was tested to show a blood-alcohol content of .146 percent - more than the legal limit of .08 percent. Burnett said Slater's blood also showed varying amounts of marijuana and cocaine.
He faces a maximum of 7 1/2 years in prison, Burnett said.