It may be fair to state that Anderson Sotomayor, 45, of Vineland, NJ, is a terrible driver. He also may have another problem. Based on his recent newsworthy driving offenses, he certainly has a problem with getting on the wrong side of the law. Sotomayor's rap sheet since the beginning of April, courtesy of The Daily Journal, is impressive.
- April 2, 2012: Sotomayor allegedly swerved his 1998 around a school bus that was unloading kids. He is reported to have blown through a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. He then took off. The woman in the other car ended up in the hospital. The police found part of his handicapped license plate and combined that with witness testimony to track him and his broken vehicle down.
- April 9, 2012: Sotomayor is arrested for DUI.
- April 11, 2012: Sotomayor is arrested for DUI.
- April 25, 2012: Sotomayor is arrested for DUI.
- May 12, 2012: Sotomayor is arrested for DUI.
This is a DUI blog, not a math blog, but that seems to make five arrests or summonses and four DUIs in a little more than a month, which is astounding.
Details on his blood alcohol content for each driving under the influence charge are not available at this time.
For a first offense, Sotomayor faces harsh penalties, including a license suspension for three months if his BAC was between 0.08 and 0.10. Anything greater than 0.10 nets a 7 to 12 month suspension. He also would face thousands in fines and fees, up to 30 days in jail, an alcohol education program, and a required ignition interlock device if his BAC was above 0.10.
For a second offense, there is a two year license suspension, thousands in fines and fees, a prison term of 48 hours to 90 days, plus 30 days of community service, another alcohol education program, and an ignition interlock device during and after suspension.
His third offense nets a ten year suspension, plus thousands more in fines and fees, 180 days in jail, up to 90 days of community service, another alcohol education class, and the ignition interlock device.
New Jersey, perhaps underestimating the stupidity of the repeat DUI offender, does not have a felony DUI statute in place like many other states do for those with egregious amounts of DUIs. A fourth DUI would net the same punishment as the third.
Ordinarily, repeat offenders would have the possibility of escaping the harsher penalties due to the "ten year rule." Prior DUIs don't count as priors if they are more than ten years old. Unfortunately for Sotomayor, there is no ten day rule.
Again, this is not a math blog, so let's just say Anderson Sotomayor, if convicted, is in a heap of trouble. His license is long gone, he's facing up to sixteen months in jail on the DUIs, and unless he is independently wealthy, he'll be paying off the fines and fees long after he is released from prison.
- Find a Philadelphia DUI Attorney (FindLaw)
- 'Two Hour Rule' Could Make or Break DUI Case Against Cop (FindLaw's Philadelphia DUI Law Blog)
- New Jersey DWI Laws (FindLaw's Learn About the Law)
- N.J. man charged with drunken driving for fourth time in 5 weeks (New Jersey Star-Ledger)