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James Sullivan Courthouse in Attleboro

ATTLEBORO — A Norton man arrested for drunken driving for the seventh time last month was sentenced to concurrent 2½-year jail sentences Friday.

Angel Rodrigues, 50, of 1 Kelly Lane, pleaded guilty in Attleboro District Court to driving a landscaping truck while intoxicated on Sept. 11.

A witness who followed the defendant said Rodrigues hit a sign in Attleboro and drove erratically into Norton along Route 123, according to police.

Police said they found Rodrigues near Norton High School asleep in his pickup truck, which had a flat tire.

He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol (fifth or subsequent offense) and other related motor vehicle offenses.

The 2½-year jail term is the maximum a district court judge can impose.

The prosecution agreed to not seek an indictment in superior court in return for the defendant’s guilty plea, a prosecutor told the court.

Defendants in superior court typically receive harsher sentences.

Rodrigues has been held without bail since his arrest.

A judge deemed him a danger to the public because of his prior convictions for drunken driving.

His most recent conviction was for a fifth offense in 2014. He received a 2½-year jail sentence in that case, too, Assistant District Attorney Natasha Azevedo told the court.

David Linton may be reached at 508-236-0338.

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