Driver, 70, faces drunk driving charge, Rome police say

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ROME — A 70-year-old man registered a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal threshold on East Oak Street Monday morning, according to the Rome Police Department.

Police said Mark D. Parker, of Rome, was found stopped in a vehicle in the middle of East Oak Street at about 11:26 a.m. Monday. Police said they attempted to pull him to the side of the road, and Parker started driving away.

Police said Parker eventually pulled over on Black River Boulevard. Parker then registered a BAC of 0.18% — more than twice the legal threshold of 0.08%. Parker also has three prior drunken driving convictions on his record within the page 15 years, authorities noted.

Parker is charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI, police said. He is scheduled to appear in Rome City Court.

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