A Hailey woman has been charged with felony DUI, her second excessive DUI charge in less than a year.
Sadie K. Dawson, 24, was pulled over in Hailey on Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. by Hailey Police Officer Jared Murphy in response to a report of an intoxicated driver.
“I recognized the vehicle from a previous traffic stop,” Murphy stated in a probable-cause affidavit.
Murphy stated that he had stopped the vehicle more than nine months ago and recognized the British Columbia license plate. He wrote that he was told then that the car had been recently purchased, and the state of Idaho requires registration to be transferred within 30 days of purchase.
According to the affidavit, when Murphy initially stopped the Honda and approached the vehicle, another person was driving, and when he returned after checking that person’s license, Dawson allegedly told Murphy that she had been driving the Honda but she and the other person—identified as her sister—switched before he approached the car. She added that surveillance footage from a gas station they had just left would show that Dawson had been behind the wheel. Murphy wrote that he found Dawson’s sister’s shoe and purse on the floor of the passenger seat.
Her sister was charged with misdemeanor DUI.
Following a series of field sobriety tests, Dawson was arrested for suspicion of DUI and transported to the Blaine County jail. Once at the jail, Murphy obtained three breath samples from Dawson, and all indicated a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.20, the minimum under Idaho law for an excessive DUI charge. Dawson had been convicted of misdemeanor excessive DUI in May for an incident in January, making this second excessive DUI charge a felony because it occurred within five years.
In addition, Dawson faces two misdemeanor offenses of driving without privileges and possessing an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.
Dawson is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 10, at which time the prosecution must present sufficient evidence for the case to be tried as a felony.