Harrington Man Arrested with Fourth Drunken-Driving Offense

A 46-year-old Harrington man was arrested and charged Wednesday with his fourth drunken-driving offense after being stopped for a traffic violation, police said today.

Thomas J. Lepera was charged with his 4th DUI offense, failure to have insurance identification in his possession, failure to have either his driver’s license or registration in his possession, two counts of failing to remain in a single lane and failing to signal a turn, said Lt. Earl Brode.

Officers stopped Lepera on Commerce Street for a traffic violation, and when they walked up to his car, they noticed the odor of alcohol coming from it, Brode said.

When officers tried to administer sobriety field tests to Lepera, he refused to take them and refused to blow into the intoxilyzer, Brode said.

Lepera was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital, where he had his blood drawn, and was then taken back to Harrington police headquarters to be charged.

A computer check revealed that Lepera had three prior drunken-driving convictions, Brode said.

He was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution after failing to post $4,006 secured bail.

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