Driver Picks Up Fourth DWI Charge on I-270 in Sunset Hills

John C. Bates blew a .109 percent on a Breathalyzer test, according to police.

A man faces his fourth driving while intoxicated charge after police pulled him over last Friday on Interstate 270 in Sunset Hills.

John C. Bates, 39, of Warrenton, was charged with DWI as an aggravated offender, a class C felony. Bates has three previous DWI convictions.

Sunset Hills Police said an officer pulled Bates over on southbound I-270 near Gravois Road because he was driving a vehicle with the license plates of another vehicle. The officer smelled alcohol on Bates, who subsequently failed a sobriety test, according to police.

When Bates took a Breathalyzer test, his blood-alcohol level registered at 0.109 percent.

Bates was convicted of DWI three times:  in 2008 in Jefferson County, in 1999 in Potosi, and in 1997 in Herculaneum.


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Stephen D April 30, 2013 at 02:40 PM
0.109 isn't all that bad -- the old limit was 0.12 when many of us were growing up, but no doubt this character is a regular drinker and driver. The big lesson here is don't drive with bad plates. What a dope.
Nikki M May 01, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Regardless he was over the legal limit and a danger to innocent people. This was the fourth time he was "caught" and I'm sure not the only four times he has driven drunk!


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