VINELAND, N.J. (CBS) – Forty-five-year old Anderson Sotomayor has been arrested for driving while intoxicated four times in the last month. What’s more shocking is that he still has his driver’s license.
Lt. Matt Finley of the Vineland Police Department says his officers have arrested him after two crashes and two motor vehicle stops since April 2nd. The first arrest came after he side-swiped a police cruiser. The second happened on April 9th when he allegedly backed into a police cruiser and the third occurred a day and a half later when he hit a telephone pole and his engine caught fire.
In the latest arrest on April 25th, police say officers saw him cross the yellow line into oncoming traffic on busy Delsea Drive, almost hitting a cruiser. Police say the officer issued him 11 citations including allegedly having an open 40 ounce beer and not having insurance or registration.
There was no answer at Sotomayor’s home this afternoon but we’re told he’s been released from jail after posting $1,800 bail.
But police say until he has his first court date, they can’t keep him from driving, which is alarming to Bill Elliott, whose son died at the hands of a drunk driver. Elliott started the Hero Campaign to keep repeat offenders off the road.
New Jersey State Assemblyman Nelson Albano is also calling for change. His son Michael was killed by a drunk driver who had four previous DWI’s. He fought to criminalize driving under the influence.
Now a third conviction carries a six month jail sentence. Albano is proposing more stringent penalties or higher bail for people who get a second or third DWI before going to court on the first offense.
As it stands now, police can only keep arresting, but have no power to revoke a license.