Sandwich resident John A. (Jack) Stanton, who ran unsuccessfully last year against Randy Hunt for the Fifth Barnstable District House seat, was arrested Sunday, September 8 in Mashpee and charged with drunk driving.

Mr. Stanton, 28, was driving a Toyota Tundra on Route 28 just after 1 AM and crossed into the opposite lane multiple times, according to the police report.

Mr. Stanton told Mashpee Police Officer Bryan Derochea that he was coming from Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub in Falmouth and had consumed two beers in the span of three hours, according to the report.

At the traffic stop, the report states, Mr. Stanton smelled of alcohol, his eyes were glazed over and bloodshot, and he was slurring his words.

He refused a breath test, police said.

Mr. Stanton, a commercial fisherman, ran for state representative for the 5th Barnstable District last year and lost. He was undecided on his plans for running again in 2020.

Besides driving under the influence, he was also charged with negligent operation of motor vehicle and a marked lane violation. A pretrial hearing is set for October 21.

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