A Ketchum man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation along with a year-long driver’s license suspension after he pleaded guilty to a felony DUI charge.
Lance Darin Cole, 49, was sentenced on Monday after being arrested in April and pleading guilty to the felony in August.
“I don’t deny that I have an alcohol problem,” Cole told the court Monday.
According to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, Cole was stopped by deputies on state Highway 75 near Buttercup Road, north of Hailey, around 3:45 a.m. on April 17 for allegedly going 66 mph in a 55-mph zone. Once the deputy made contact with the driver and sole occupant of the gray Ford Explorer, he smelled an odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle and noted Cole’s eyes to be bloodshot and glassy, according to a probable-cause affidavit written by arresting deputy Kyle O’Brien.
Prosecuting attorney Matt Fredback told the court Monday that Cole had three previous DUI convictions, in 2001, 2012 and 2014, making this his third DUI charge in 10 years, to be charged as a felony according to Idaho law.
Following the jail time, Cole must successfully complete drug court, an intensive 18-month-long program held at the Blaine County courthouse that consists of weekly meetings with a judge, testing for drugs and alcohol and mandatory attendance at 12-step program meetings or community support meetings. Fifth District Judge Ned Williamson, who is the judge for drug court and was the sentencing judge in this case, told Cole to be prepared for the hard work that drug court demands, particularly when it comes to being up front with one’s sobriety.
“You have to show up and you have to be honest,” Williamson said.
If unsuccessful in the program, Cole could be sentenced to an underling prison time of five years.