Man Charged With 4 DUIs In Less Than 2 Days


A man in Rhode Island with an apparently inexhaustible supply of cars and alcohol went on a two-day drunk-driving bender which ended with four crashed vehicles, four DUI charges and three trips to the hospital.

Police say John Lourenco of Cumberland, Rhode Island, kicked off his spree in Providence on Sunday, where he crashed his Dodge pickup into an SUV carrying a family of four out for a day of apple picking shortly before 10:30 a.m. Two children, including an 8-month-old, were injured in the crash, according to NBC 10. After the crash, Lourenco was treated at Rhode Island Hospital where he became combative. Police handed him a summons to appear in court on drunk-driving charges and sent him on his way, according to the Providence Journal.

Monday started very much like Sunday. His second DUI charge came at 7 a.m. after Lourenco drove a Chevy sedan into another car. His blood alcohol content tested at .220, three times the legal limit. With second summons in hand, he was released to his parents. Four hours later, he was arrested again when and officer saw him driving an old Plymouth Barracuda. He was taken to the hospital, his blood tested again and released.

By 5 p.m., Lourenco had crashed again. This time, he slammed a dump truck into a tree. Finally, police decided to hold Lourenco ahead of court.

Lourenco faces multiple charges, including reckless driving, refusing a Breathalyzer, driving under the influence, and no evidence of insurance. He was released from Cumberland custody on a $25,000 bail.

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