Man charged with felony DUI
BENNINGTON — A Shaftsbury man is facing two felony charges after police said he was driving while under the influence of alcohol in Shaftsbury on Sept. 19.
Michael P. Watson, 50, was arraigned in Bennington criminal court on Monday on a felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol and a felony count of refusing to submit to an alcohol test. Watson pleaded innocent to the charges and was released without bail.
In an affidavit, Deputy Philip Frasier of the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department said he stopped Watson on Route 7A in Shaftsbury on Sept. 19 around 9:30 p.m. after he saw Watson drive left of the center line three times.
Frasier said a preliminary breath test at the scene indicated Watson’s blood alcohol content shortly after the stop was 0.108 percent. The legal limit in Vermont is 0.08 percent.
According to court records, Watson was previously convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in March 1986 and May 2009.