Drunk driver picked up in unregistered, uninsured, uninspected vehicle with wrong plates

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NEWPORT — A 54-year-old East Charleston man was picked up by police in Newport after allegedly driving intoxicated, in a vehicle found to be unregistered, uninsured, uninspected, and bearing registration plates not assigned to the vehicle.

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On Monday, at around 6:20 p.m., police say they were on patrol in Newport Center and stopped a vehicle for multiple traffic violations on Route 105.

The driver was identified as Walter Stanton.

Police say indicators of impairment were detected during the stop, and Stanton also informed the trooper he did not have a valid license. It was discovered through a DMV record check that his license was criminally suspended for multiple issues.

After failing sobriety exercises, police allege Stanton had been operating while under the influence.

A breathalyzer test was not obtained, and he was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and Criminal-DLS.

Stanton’s vehicle was later found to be unregistered, uninsured, uninspected, and the plates displayed did not belong to the vehicle.

The plates were seized and the vehicle was towed from the scene, and civil action is pending for the traffic violations.

Stanton was processed and released to a sober adult with a citation to appear in court.

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