A Rutland man already convicted of five drunken driving offenses denied a sixth charge of driving while intoxicated on Wednesday.
William F. Maynard, 56, pleaded innocent in Rutland criminal court to felony counts of DUI fourth offense or greater and refusal to provide an official sample of his breath after his arrest. Maynard also pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor second offense of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Maynard was arrested Tuesday night by city police after the Ford F-150 he was driving was observed repeatedly crossing the center line on South Main Street.
A preliminary test of his blood-alcohol content indicated he had a BAC of 0.104 percent — over the legal limit of 0.08 percent in Vermont. Maynard later refused to submit to an official test.
His history of drunken driving convictions traces back to 1979 with four other convictions following in 1983, 1992, 1993 and 2008, according to court records.
During his arraignment, Deputy State’s Attorney Jane O’Neill asked the court to impose “reasonable bail” for Maynard, not because the lifelong Rutland resident poses a risk of flight, but because his history of drunken driving arrests suggested he wouldn’t abide with court orders not to drink alcohol.
“What concerns the state obviously is the record of DUIs dating back to 1979. It seems to be an ongoing situation,” O’Neill said.
Judge Cortland Corsones decided not to set bail after Maynard’s girlfriend told the court she would take responsibility for him and report to police if he consumed alcohol or violated his other court ordered conditions of release.
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