A Hailey man was charged with felony excessive DUI after being pulled over by a Blaine County Sheriff’s deputy on Buttercup Road and giving a breath sample of 0.300, more than three times the legal limit.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Bradley Mecham, Mecham was heading north on Buttercup Road on Sept. 1 around 10:15 p.m. when he observed a 2007 Hummer H2 turn onto Buttercup and nearly go off the pavement as it made the right-hand turn. As it continued south, “the Hummer crossed the center of the road and entered into my northbound lane causing me to have to hit my brakes to keep from going head on with it,” the affidavit states.
“As the Hummer was about to hit the front of my patrol vehicle, it jerked back into the southbound lane. The Hummer [then] proceeded across the southbound lane and went onto the west shoulder of the road hitting the gravel.”
Mecham initiated the traffic stop and made contact with Manuel De Jesus Sandoval-Espinoza, 47, who was observed to have bloodshot and glassy eyes. After a status check, Mecham learned that Sandoval-Espinoza’s driver’s license was suspended for an excessive DUI conviction in Jerome County in January, making this second excessive DUI a felony.
Sandoval-Espinoza is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday, at which time the prosecution must present sufficient evidence for the case to be tried as a felony in District Court.