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By Hiroko Sato

MediaNews

AYER — Oscar Chapman poses a danger to the public and will remain held without bail, an Ayer District Court judge ruled Tuesday.

Chapman, 52, of 5 Groton St., Pepperell, was arraigned last week on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, his ninth-time being brought up on the charge.

A Pepperell police sergeant testified at the dangerousness hearing that Chapman had eight prior OUI convictions.

During the hearing, the judge decided that releasing Chapman on bail does not guarantee he won’t drive again.

Chapman is expected to be indicted Feb. 29.

In addition to the OUI charge, Chapman is charged with driving under the influence to cause bodily injury/negligent operation, operating after license revocation, speeding and marked-lanes violation.

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