A traffic stop on Broadford Road in Bellevue led to a felony DUI charge for a Bellevue resident last Friday.
Kimberly Ann Koch, 54, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 28 to determine if the case can proceed as a felony charge. She is currently on probation for a misdemeanor DUI conviction in October 2018.
Koch was pulled over by Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy Dina Mitma around 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 14 after allegedly going 41 mph in a 25-mph zone on Broadford Road, according to a probable-cause affidavit written by Mitma. Upon making contact with Koch, Mitma allegedly discovered she did not have a valid driver’s license and had previously been cited in January for driving without privileges.
Mitma placed Koch under arrest for driving without privileges and allegedly noted her stumble while walking to the patrol car.
“While I was placing Koch into my patrol vehicle for transport I could smell the odor of an alcohol beverage emitting from her,” Mitma stated in the affidavit.
Mitma transported Koch to the Blaine County jail and contacted her probation officer, who requested that a urine sample be taken from Koch.
According to the affidavit, Mitma initially attempted to get breath samples from Koch, but after three insufficient tests, she retrieved a warrant to get a blood sample. Those results were still pending as of Thursday.
Koch has two previous misdemeanor DUI convictions, both from 2018, making this third DUI a felony offense. In addition, she faces two separate felony offenses of burglary and stalking in Blaine County. In that case, Koch is scheduled for a pretrial conference on Monday.