A woman from Featherville, Idaho, was sentenced to 30 days in jail followed by three years’ probation and ordered to complete DUI court in Twin Falls County and pay a $2,000 fine and $500 reimbursement to the Blaine County Public Defender’s Office for its services after pleading guilty to a felony DUI charge on Nov. 18.
Jan Marie Brown, 49, was sentenced Monday for the October offense.
According to prosecutor Matt Fredback, this was Brown’s third DUI and second excessive DUI, with the second being just as egregious as the first. Fredback stated in court on Monday that Brown’s first excessive DUI was in 2017, when an off-duty police officer saw her vehicle parked in the middle of a road. At that time, Brown had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.30, according to Fredback.
The legal limit in Idaho is 0.08.
Brown had successfully graduated from the Twin Falls DUI court in February 2019 for the 2017 DUI conviction, when she was caught driving under the influence again on Oct. 9.
According to Fredback, Brown was called in as possible intoxicated driver driving on U.S. Highway 20 near Gannett Road. When a Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy began following the vehicle Brown was driving, she pulled over to the side of the road and the deputy made contact with the driver, did several field sobriety tests and ultimately arrested Brown for driving with an alcohol concentration of 0.258. Fredback said Brown had driven from Twin Falls to just east of Picabo before she was called in as a drunk driver.
“She’s so fortunate that nothing happened,” Fredback said on Monday.
Since that time, Brown has voluntarily returned to DUI court in Twin Falls, and has attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings “religiously,” Fredback said.
“This charge has been a serious wakeup call for Miss Brown,” Chief Public Defender Justin McCarthy told the court.
Brown was ordered to begin her jail sentence in two weeks.