A Melrose, Massachusetts man is facing his 7th drunken driving charge after his arrest on Friday night.
State police said they received a call around 6:22 p.m. Friday from a Massachusetts Department of Transportation help van driver who needed assistance with the driver of a vehicle on Route 1 north in Peabody.
Upon arrival, state police found the help van with a 2019 GMC Terrain that was stationary in the travel lane. The driver was identified as Robert H. Cook, 67, of Melrose, though he originally gave police a different name. After a brief investigation, he was placed under arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol. Subsequent checks showed that Cook's driver's license was revoked for several prior drunken driving convictions.
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He was charged with OUI liquor, 7th offense; OUI while license suspended for OUI; operating a motor vehicle while license suspended as a habitual offender; operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, subsequent offense; negligent operation of a motor vehicle; motor vehicle operator refusing to identify self; arrestee furnishing false name/Social Security number; and failure to use care in starting/stopping/turning/backing. He is scheduled to appear in Peabody District Court on Thursday morning.
No further information was immediately available.