Charges have been refiled against a Hailey woman whose DUI case had been found to have insufficient evidence to be prosecuted.
Prosecutor Matt Fredback refiled charges on Jan. 21 alleging the same crimes: felony DUI, misdemeanor driving without privileges and misdemeanor possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
Sadie K. Dawson, 24, received a summons on Jan. 23 to appear in court for an initial appearance for the felony charge on Feb. 3. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 19, at which time 5th District Judge John Lothspeich will decide if there is sufficient evidence for the case to proceed as a felony.
During Dawson’s original preliminary hearing on Jan. 21, 5th District Judge Mark Ingram did not find probable cause that the alleged crimes were in fact committed and dismissed the case. Fredback refiled the same charges against Dawson that same day.
According to the initial probable-cause affidavit written by Hailey Police Officer Jared Murphy, Dawson was pulled over in Hailey on Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in response to a report of an intoxicated driver.
Murphy stated in the affidavit that when he initially stopped the vehicle and approached it, another person was in the driver’s seat, and when he returned after checking the person’s license, Dawson allegedly told Murphy that she had been driving the Honda but she and the other person—identified as her sister—switched before he approached the car.
Dawson was charged with felony DUI for her second excessive DUI in less than five years along with the two misdemeanors. She had been previously been convicted of misdemeanor excessive DUI in Blaine County in May and was on probation at the time of the second alleged DUI offense.