Bail Increased for 5-Time DWI Suspect

NJ judge increases bail for Vineland man a day after his most recent drunk driving arrest

By Dan Stamm
|  Thursday, May 17, 2012  |  Updated 4:51 PM EDT
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These are three of the DUI arrest photos of 45-year-old Anderson Sotomayor. (left to right) His April 9 arrest, Sotomayor's April 25 arrest and his May 12 arrest. There is no photo of his April 11 arrest because he was taken to the hospital, cops say.

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5 DWI Arrests in 5 Weeks for NJ Man

Anderson Sotomayor from Vineland, N.J. was arrested Wednesday and charged with DWI. This was Sotomayor's fifth DWI arrest in five months. Police say they were tipped off to Sotomayor's erratic driving and pulled him over at Park and Crystal Avenues in Vineland. He later admitted to cops that he also took Oxycodone pills, police told NBC10's Ted Greenberg.

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Watch as Anderson Sotomayor is transfered from Vineland Police to the county jail after his fifth arrest for DWI in the past five months. He still had his license because he had yet to go to court on any of the earlier charges, cops say.
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The Vineland, N.J. man accused of driving under the influence five times in the past five weeks could be spending more time behind bars.

Bail for Anderson Sotomayor, 45, was increased from $10,000 to $20,000 Thursday -- a day after his latest arrest for DWI.

Sotomayor was arrested just before noon Wednesday after police say they were tipped off to an erratic driver near 4th Street and Park Avenue. Police then witnessed Sotomayor swerving out of his lane before pulling him over at Park and Crystal Avenues, Vineland Police told NBC10's Ted Greenberg.

An officer arrested Sotomayor for DWI after the officer witnessed an open bottle of booze in plain sight.

Besides DWI, police say that Sotomayor -- who lives on Almond Road -- was charged with having an open container in his car, reckless driving, refusing to take a breathalyzer test and using a controlled dangerous substance. Police told NBC10 that Sotomayor admitted to using Oxycodone.

Because of the drug charge Sotomayor was hauled off to Cumberland County Jail on $10,000 bail, cops told NBC10 Wednesday.

That amount was increased to $20,000 cash only bail by a judge Thursday afternoon, prosecutors tell NBC10.

"We’re happy that we have a person that is a risk to the community that’s off the streets and that is our goal," Vineland Police Capt. Tom Ulrich told NBC10 Wednesday.

NBC10 was the only station outside Vineland Police when Sotomayor -- who lost a leg to diabetes -- walked out of the Vineland Police station on crutches and got into a cop car to be transferred to jail.

Sotomayor said nothing to our cameras.

This latest incident was the fifth time in as many weeks that the 45-year-old Vineland man was busted driving while intoxicated. He still had his license because he has yet to go to court on any of the earlier charges, police told NBC10.

"It’s done on a bail schedule and DWI, normally an offense that lets the person be arrested, be released for a responsible party, vehicle impounded for 12 hours, and then they go to court at a later date," Ulrich said.

On Tuesday it was reported that just this past Saturday, Sotomayor was spotted driving the wrong way down a one-way street, then hitting a curb and driving off the street, police said. NBC10.com reported a couple of weeks ago that Sotomayor was busted for DUI three times in 16 days -- April 9, 11 and 25.

Police say that in the first incident he allegedly hit a cop car, in the April 11 incident he allegedly struck a utility pole and on April 25 police say they spotted him swerving. Officers say they found a cold, open 40-ounce bottle of beer in his car during that arrest.

The AP reports that he was also issued five summonses -- not including drunken driving -- on April 2. Police say that day, he swerved around a school bus as it unloaded kids, ran a stop sign, hit the bus and fled the scene of the crash.

The Daily Journal reported that Sotomayor was set to go to court for the first three DWIs on May 30.


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