The Vineland man accused in a half dozen DWIs remained behind bars Monday after he was denied bail late last week.
On June 28, Anderson Sotomayor was pulled over and arrested at 7th and Chestnut in Vineland on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. It was the sixth recent DWI arrest for the Vineland man.
On Friday, a judge denied Sotomayor bail meaning that Sotomayor will likely remain in custody until at least his status hearing on July 19.
Sotomayor made headlines earlier this year after being arrested for five DWIs in five weeks.
Sotomayor was previously arrested for drunken driving on April 9, April 11, April 25, May 12 and May 16.
In the April 9 incident, police say Sotomayor struck a cop car. On April 11, he allegedly struck a utility pole. On April 25, police say they spotted him swerving in the street and found an empty 40-ounce bottle of beer in his car. On May 12, police say he was spotted driving the wrong way down a one-way street, hitting a curb and driving off the street. Finally, on May 16, Sotomayor allegedly swerved out of his lane and refused to take a breathalyzer test after being pulled over. Police also told NBC10 that Sotomayor admitted to using Oxycodone before that incident.
Sotomayor was also arrested on April 2 when police say he ran a stop sign, collided with a school bus as it unloaded kids and fled the scene of the crash.
Before his fifth DWI, Sotomayor still had his license because he had yet to go to court on any of his previous charges, according to police.
"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," said Vineland Police Captain Tom Ulrich.
Sotomayor was taken into custody after his 5th alleged DWI because of the additional drug charge. His bail was increased from $10,000 to $20,000. He posted bail and was released just four days before his latest arrest.
In addition to his sixth DWI, police also say he missed a court appearance. Sotomayor is charged with DWI, refusal of a breathalyzer and criminal contempt for missing court.
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