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June 4, 2014

Back to jail for serial scofflaw

BEVERLY — Sixty days in jail just a year ago didn’t convince George Louis to stop driving without a license, police say.

In fact, Louis was driving home from court Monday morning, after a probation hearing for that case, when he was stopped by Beverly police and charged with driving after license suspension — for what appears to be at least the eighth time.

Now Louis, 54, who lists addresses in Boston, Beverly and Worcester, and who also has a Florida license, is behind bars.

Louis was candid when stopped by Beverly Patrolman Thomas Nolan shortly after 11 a.m. Monday on McPherson Drive, near Stop & Shop, according to the officer’s report.

After handing Nolan a driver’s license from the state of Florida (which somehow also had a Massachusetts address for Louis), he explained that his Massachusetts license was suspended.

He told Nolan he had just left court for the same offense.

The car he was driving, which was registered to a “George Louis Corp.” in Worcester, had failed inspection in February and bore a rejection sticker on its windshield.

Police gave Louis a ride back to the courthouse in Salem, where he was arraigned on new charges of driving after license suspension, driving an uninspected vehicle and failing to report an address change to the registry.

As in his earlier case, a judge set bail at $1,000 for Louis. But Judge Matthew Machera also ordered him detained without bail pending a hearing June 10 to determine whether he violated his probation in the earlier case.

If he is released, Machera warned Louis not to drive.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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