A Blaine County resident faces a single charge of felony DUI following a traffic stop on Oct. 2 that resulted from another driver’s reporting the vehicle for driving erratically.
Scott D. Campbell, 57, now faces a maximum of five years in prison if convicted.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy Philip Rummel, Rummel was dispatched to state Highway 75 near East Fork Road for a complaint of a vehicle going “varying speeds and being unable to maintain its lane.” Rummel pulled Campbell’s gray Toyota Land Cruiser over at McKercher Boulevard in Hailey after he failed to use a turn signal when making the right turn off the highway.
The reporting party who called 911 to report the vehicle near East Fork Road followed the vehicle to where it was pulled over in Hailey. The reporting party told Rummel, according to the affidavit, that the vehicle was seen multiple times “swerving and crossing lanes.”
Rummel approached the Land Cruiser and “could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s compartment of the Toyota,” the affidavit states. Campbell allegedly struggled repeatedly in trying to locate and hand over his driver’s license and vehicle registration. Rummel asked Campbell to step out of the Toyota to complete field sobriety tests, but after he stepped out of the vehicle and allegedly stumbled backward, he allegedly told Rummel that he was not going to complete the sobriety tests and subsequently refused to give a breath sample.
According to the affidavit, Rummel obtained a warrant from 5th District Magistrate Judge Jennifer Haemmerle to get a blood sample and transported Campbell to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center to do the test. Following the blood test, Campbell was arrested for suspicion of DUI, a felony, due to Campbell’s two previous DUIs in Washington, one in 2013 and a second in 2014.
Campbell is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 17, at which the judge must find sufficient evidence to bind the case over to District Court for prosecution as a felony offense.