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Bench warrant issued for repeat drunken driver

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 5, 2013 at 8:43 am |
March 5, 2013 8:43 am

A bench warrant has been issued for a repeat drunken driver recently charged with another DUI after being stopped last month in DuPont.

The 49-year-old man was convicted in 1994 with vehicular assault while intoxicated and with felony DUI for a 2010 offense. Prosecutors charged him this week with felony DUI for a Feb. 4 traffic stop in which he refused to take a breathalyzer test.

A patrol sergeant spotted the man make an illegal U-turn and stopped him as he turned into a gas station. The sergeant had to ask for his license and registration three times before the man handed over the documentation, according to charging papers.

The sergeant noted his eyes were blurry, he couldn’t focus and he smelled of booze.

When asked if he had been drinking, the man allegedly admitted to having “a few” after work and said the alcohol “could have” affected his driving.

Police released the man to his uncle after processing him.

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