A Ketchum resident has been charged with felony DUI following a traffic stop conducted just before 3 a.m. on Oct. 5 on state Highway 75.
According to a probable-cause-for-arrest affidavit, Raul Angel Delacruz-Perez, 41, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.135, nearly twice the legal limit.
Delacruz faces a maximum of five years in prison if convicted of the felony.
The affidavit, written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Walter Todd, states that Todd was traveling north on state Highway 75 near Lane Way, south of the Elkhorn Road intersection, when he noticed a vehicle traveling south crossing the yellow demarcation line separating the southbound lanes from the northbound left turn lane to turn onto River Ranch Road in Ketchum.
Todd stopped the white 1995 Toyota T10 driven by Delacruz and made contact with him. The driver admitted that he knew he had crossed the center line but attributed it to being distracted, saying “he had a lot on his mind,” the affidavit states. He also admitted that he had had consumed a few beers around 5 p.m., but said he hadn’t had anything to drink since 8 p.m., the report states. He also told Todd that he did not have a valid driver’s license, which was confirmed with dispatch.
After a series of field sobriety tests, Delacruz was arrested on a felony DUI charge. Delacruz has two previous DUI convictions in the past 10 years, one in 2010 and a second in 2011, both in Blaine County, which prompts the new charge to be a felony. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday, at which time the prosecution must present sufficient evidence for the case to be tried as a felony in District Court.