A Ketchum man charged with a felony DUI at the end of August remained in jail as of Tuesday. Aleksandr William Baron, 30, is scheduled for an arraignment in Blaine County’s 5th District Court on Oct. 21, at which time he will be asked to enter a plea on the felony charge.
Baron was convicted of two previous DUIs, one in January 2015 and a second in March 2015, according to court records, making this third DUI a felony under Idaho code.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy Dina Mitma, Baron had a blood alcohol content level of 0.154/0.168, roughly double the legal limit when he was arrested on Aug. 28 just before midnight.
According to the affidavit, Baron was pulled over near Rotarun ski area west of Hailey for allegedly leaving the scene of a car accident. When Mitma made contact with Baron, he allegedly smelled alcohol on his breath and had him complete a series of field sobriety tests before ultimately arresting him for DUI. In addition, Mitma found a six-pack of beer behind the driver’s seat and another case of beer cans on the passenger seat floorboard, according to the affidavit, creating an additional charge of misdemeanor open container of alcohol.
Baron faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison if convicted of felony DUI.