A Ketchum man was sentenced Monday to four years of supervised probation, 45 days in county jail and a $3,000 fine on top of court costs following a guilty plea to a felony DUI, his third DUI in three years. He will also have a suspended driver’s license for up to three years and be responsible for successfully completing drug court.
David Taylor Stoecklein, 32, will begin his jail sentence Tuesday, after pleading guilty in February to the felony. According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Walter Todd, he pulled Stoecklein’s 2014 Ford F150 pickup truck over on Sept. 4, 2018, around 10:45 p.m. after watching it speed, cross a double-yellow line and turn without signaling on Warm Springs Road in Ketchum. Prosecutor Matt Fredback said during the sentencing hearing Monday that Stoecklein had a blood-alcohol concentration level of 0.220—“that is for most people extremely drunk.”
Stoecklein had two previous DUIs, one in 2016 and one in 2017, both with high blood-alcohol-concentration levels. In Idaho, a third DUI charge in 10 years is charged as a felony.
During the sentencing hearing, Stoecklein apologized to the public and the court.
“My actions were mine and mine alone,” Stoecklein told the court. “I’m ready to move forward with a new sober life.”
Fifth District Judge Ned Williamson did not take the matter lightly, telling Stoecklein that “every time you drive at that level, you put someone in danger. You need community-based treatment … to discover a new normal.” In lieu of a retained jurisdiction program, which would have meant prison time while receiving therapy and treatment, Stoecklein was accepted into the Blaine County drug court program, an intensive treatment program in Hailey that will allow him to continue working and living in the community while receiving treatment.