SALEM (CBS) — A man arrested 15 times for drunk driving charges was back in Salem District Court Tuesday for a dangerousness hearing.

Peter Anketell, 55, remains held without bail. He has had a 25-year history of drunk driving arrests.

According to the Essex District Attorney office, Anketell has 13 OUI convictions, ten in Massachusetts and three in New Hampshire.

Peter Anketell (Image from Salem PD)

Anketell spent 13 years in prison for a crash that killed his then-girlfriend, 40-year-old Cynthia Wilson, in 2002. He finished his parole last year.

Prosecutors said Anketell tried to move Wilson’s body to make it look like she had been driving.

“That was disgusting. I mean who would do that?” said Wilson’s sister Dianne Gonyea. “It immoral, it’s not human. You don’t do that to somebody.”

Gonyea told WBZ-TV that she was happy when she heard Anketell would not be released Tuesday.

“I was very happy that he wasn’t being released,” she said. “He’s a danger. He’s a danger to people, to society.”

“I think he should go away forever. I think he should be taken off the planet, in my eyes, or society because he is a severe danger to people.”

Retired Marblehead Police detective Marion Keating, who investigated that case, said Anketell moved Wilson’s body to try to make it look like she was the driver.

Keating called Anketell “inherently evil.”

Because of his OUI charges, he’s had his license permanently revoked.

He pleaded not guilty to his latest alleged OUI offense last week. Police say he drunkenly crashed his car on Derby Street.

Anketell is due back in court August 16 for a pre-trial conference.


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