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Townsend Man Busted on 4th OUI Charge

April 11, 2019

FITCHBURG -- A Townsend man returned to District Court on Tuesday for a hearing related to being charged with a fourth offense of drunken driving, according to court documents.

Robert D. Bonner, 50, of 85 Turnpike Road, Apt. 1, was originally charged with drunken driving by Lunenburg police on Dec. 12, according to a report on Bonner’s traffic stop.

When first arraigned, Bonner was ordered held in lieu of a dangerousness hearing. While found dangerous by Judge Christopher LoConto, Bonner was not held and ordered to wear a SCRAM device, which is a 24/7 alcohol monitor worn on the ankle that is checked four times daily.

Bonner was found by Lunenburg police on Dec. 12 after reports on Townsend Harbor Road of an erratic driver crossing the centerline and nearly colliding with several utility poles.

He was parked on Townsend Harbor Road sitting in his car with the motor running when police approached.

After several failed attempts of field sobriety tests, Bonner, police reported, turned his back to the responding officers and placed his hands behind his back knowing he was being arrested.

When being booked, he refused taking the a blood-alcohol test, which results in an automatic suspension of a driver’s license if failed.

According to the police report, Bonner has been convicted of three previous OUIs. The dates of those convictions were unavailable.