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Man Arrested in South End for 9th Drunk Driving Offense

Police confronted Timothy Davidson of South Boston at the Mobil gas station on East Berkley Street in the South End on Saturday.

Man Arrested in South End for 9th Drunk Driving Offense

A South Boston man convicted of drunk driving eight times was arrested again in the South End on Saturday night for allegedly driving drunk again.

Timonthy Davidson, 51, of South Boston was arraigned in court on Monday was held without bail and will remain behind bars until later this week, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office. Prosecutors are seeking to continue to hold him without bail as a "threat to the community."  

According to prosecutors, Davidson was driving a rented 2004 GMC box truck at an excessive speed around 7 p.m. Saturday when he struck a Lincoln Navigator driven by a 48-year-old Rhode Island man at the intersection of JFK Surface Road and Lincoln Street.  Davidson allegedly took off on the Expressway, while the driver of the other vehicle called 9-1-1 and followed Davidson until he stopped at a Mobil gas station on East Berkeley Street, prosecutors said.

When a responding Boston Police officer told Davidson to step out of the truck, he shouted that he "didn’t have a shoe on" and retrieved an orthopedic walking boot from the passenger’s seat.  Inside the boot, prosecutors said, the officer discovered a half empty bottle of chocolate whipped crème flavored vodka.  Both the officer and the victim noted a strong odor of alcohol coming from the truck’s cabin, prosecutors said.

Davidson fell as he stepped out of the truck, striking his head on the pavement, police said.  As he sat on the sidewalk, he repeatedly fell asleep and woke not knowing where he was, prosecutors said. 

Davidson refused to take field sobriety tests and a blood alcohol test, prosecutors said.

Since 1980, Davidson has been found guilty of drunken driving eight times and had a ninth case continued without a finding, according to prosecutors. His most recent such conviction was in 2007, when Suffolk prosecutors indicted him and secured a 2½-year state prison sentence for a drunk driving case out of Dorchester; he has also been convicted in Brockton, Brookline, East Boston, Clinton, and Hingham. 

Davidson was chard with operating under the influence of alcohol as a fifth or subsequent offense, operating after suspension, and leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage.

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