Lance Darin Cole, 49, of Ketchum, pleaded guilty to felony DUI after a traffic stop led to his arrest in April. Cole is now scheduled for sentencing in November.
At an arraignment in Blaine County 5th District Court on Monday, Cole pleaded guilty to the DUI charge, which stemmed from an arrest made on April 17 after Cole was pulled over by a Blaine County Sheriff’s deputy for going 66 mph in a 55 mph zone on state Highway 75 near Buttercup Road, north of Hailey, around 3:45 a.m. According to a probable-cause affidavit written by arresting Deputy Kyle O’Brien, Cole smelled of alcohol and had glassy, bloodshot eyes at the time of the traffic stop.
Cole, the sole occupant of the gray Ford Explorer he was driving, failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving under the influence. During the booking process, it was discovered that he had two previous DUI convictions, one in 2012 in Valley County and one in 2014 in Ada County, making this his third DUI charge in 10 years, a felony per Idaho code.
According to prosecuting attorney Matt Fredback, Cole refused to give a breath test when asked by deputies, and a warrant was obtained for a blood draw. Cole was found to have a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.12 percent, Fredback said in court on Monday. The legal limit in Idaho is .07 percent.
“This is not a situation that I’m proud of,” Cole said in court. “I take this matter seriously.”
Cole is scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 18. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.