A Hailey man faces a single charge of felony DUI following an arrest by a Sun Valley Police officer on Dec. 29.
Jeremy Sean Matthews, 32, has two previous DUI convictions in Blaine County, one in 2015 and the second in 2016, making this third DUI allegation within 10 years to be charged as a felony, by state law.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Officer Antonio Munoz, Munoz was responding to a call of an intoxicated driver driving north on Sun Valley Road around 12:30 a.m. Munoz made contact with the driver, Matthews, where he was parked in the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club parking lot.
Before arriving at the Skating Club, Matthews’ vehicle was seen parked at the Sun Valley Post Office by the person who called in the reported intoxicated driver, but when an officer arrived at the post office, Matthews had left, the report states.
Matthews allegedly told Munoz that he was waiting for friends to give them a ride home and that he had just previously dropped off several friends at the post office.
He also allegedly admitted to consuming “a couple of Pabst Blue Ribbon [beers] several hours ago.”
Munoz allegedly noted Matthews’ eyes to be bloodshot and glassy and asked him to exit the vehicle to conduct a field sobriety test. Following the tests, Matthews was transported to the Sun Valley Police Department on suspicion of being intoxicated and given a breathalyzer test.
According to the affidavit, Matthews had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.178. The legal limit is 0.08.
During a preliminary hearing on Jan. 6, 5th District Magistrate Judge Jennifer Haemmerle found sufficient evidence in the case to bind it over to District Court for prosecution. Matthews is scheduled for an arraignment in District Court on Feb. 3.