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(Aug. 10, 2018) When Maryland State Troopers stopped Thomas Arthur Harris last Sunday evening for suspected drunk driving on Route 50 in West Ocean City, they discovered multiple blotches on his driving record: five prior DUI convictions.

Harris, 59, of Trappe was charged with DUI and negligent driving near Samuel Bowen Boulevard at approximately 6:15 p.m. after state police were alerted about a possibly impaired driver heading east on Route 50 in a black Hyundai Santa Fe.

Police were told in a 911 call that a driver was failing to stay in the lane and had almost sideswiped several vehicles.

Police began following the vehicle in question and stopped the driver, later identified as Harris, after he allegedly tossed a lit cigarette out the window and hit the marked patrol car.

According to the police report, when troopers approached the vehicle, they saw four empty and three full cans of beer in the car, as well as a tumbler with beer in the center consol.  

Police said Harris claimed to have consumed two beers.

Harris subsequently failed field sobriety tests and registered a .13 BAC according to police, who also discovered his string of past drunk driving convictions.

Between August 1989 and May 2000 Harris was charged five times with DUI and was also arrested on four occasions during that same period for driving on a suspended license.

As of midweek, Harris was being held without bond and has an initial trial date on September 10 in Worcester District Court.

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