Mass. Man Charged With 12th Drunken Driving Offense
A Massachusetts man did not learn his lesson after more than a decade in jail for a drunken driving-related crime—he has now been charged with his 12th offense.
Peter Anketell, 55, pleaded not guilty to charges of drunken driving and driving after his license was revoked in Salem, Massachusetts, according to The Salem News.
Now, he’s being held without bail until a Tuesday hearing to determine if he is a danger to the public.
His license was permanently revoked due to numerous convictions.
In 2002, he was convicted in a crash that killed his then-girlfriend, Cynthia Wilson, CBS News reported. He then spent 13 years in prison and completed his parole in 2016.
This week, Salem police said that Anketell crashed his girlfriend’s car into the curb outside a Derby Street gas station on Tuesday evening—an hour after his girlfriend said that he’d taken it, according to the Salem News.
The paper reported:
Almost an hour later, police say, Anketell sped into the lot at the Speedway gas station on Derby Street, striking a curb, which blew a tire and damaged the front of the car.
A woman flagged [Police Sgt. Harry] Rocheville down. “That’s the guy over there,” she called out, pointing to Anketell in an adjacent parking lot, according to Rocheville’s report. “He’s (expletive) faced and he almost killed us.”
Anketell still had a 25-ounce can of Natural Ice beer on him when Rocheville put him into custody, according to his report. It was not clear whether the can was open or closed.
Another witness described how after Anketell stopped just short of the front of the gas station building, he got out, attempted to pull an air hose far enough to fill his damaged tire, then took off as police approached.
The witness told the paper he believed the motorist “was going to kill someone.”
He suffered a cut on his head during the accident, police say.