SALEM, Massachusetts — Here’s a guy who is really pushing his luck.
A Massachusetts man with 15 drunk driving convictions under his belt — including one in which he killed a passenger in a wreck — is demanding a jury trial in his latest case rather than accept a plea deal.
Peter Anketell, 56, was busted in July after police say he narrowly missed hitting two pedestrians outside a gas station with a car he had stolen from his girlfriend.
He then fled from cops who found him nearby sipping a 25-ounce can of Natural Ice beer and reeking of booze, the Salem News reported.
Anketell has drunk driving busts dating back to the 1970s.He has 10 drunk driving convictions in Massachusetts, three in New Hampshire and one open case in Florida.
He served 14-years for a 2002 drunken wreck in which his passenger was killed. He had just completed his parole in that case when he was arrested on the new charges.
Prosecutors had offered Anketell six years in jail in the later case, but earlier this week, he declined and insisted on going to trial.
His lawyer had asked for a term of two- to four-years in prison, arguing that his client had not been afforded the best opportunities in the past to receive treatment for alcohol abuse.
In a trial, jurors would not be told of Anketell’s history.