A Millsboro man faces his fifth DUI charge after a traffic stop in Rehoboth Beach Aug. 3.
Patricio A. Bautista, 33, was on Second Street about 11 p.m. when he made an illegal left turn from Second Street northbound onto Rehoboth Avenue westbound, said Lt. Jaime Riddle of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department. The officer activated his emergency lights as Bautista sped away, Riddle said, and Bautista did not immediately pull over until he reached Rehoboth Avenue Extended.
Upon approaching the vehicle and making contact with Bautista, Riddle said, the officer observed that he showed signs of intoxication. When the officer tried to give Bautista standardized field sobriety tests, Riddle said, Bautista refused. Bautista was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, and transported to Beebe Healthcare for further testing. Once he was in custody, Riddle said, police learned Bautista had four prior driving under the influence convictions making this his fifth offense and a felony. Police also learned Bautista’s driver’s license was suspended.
Bautista was charged with felony fifth offense driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, driving while suspended or revoked, and other traffic offenses. He was committed to Howard R. Young Correction Institution in default of $6,750 secured bail.