A Ketchum woman was sentenced for felony DUI this week to 28 days in jail followed by three years of probation and a driver’s license suspension for a minimum of one year, followed by an interlock device installed in any vehicle she drives for the remainder of the probation term. The sentencing came on Monday after a plea agreement that dismissed two misdemeanor charges in the case, driving without privileges and an open container of alcohol in the vehicle at the time of arrest.
Christine Obeline Cordeau, 35, admitted to driving under the influence on April 25, during a change-of-plea hearing on Aug. 26. According to prosecuting attorney Matt Fredback, Cordeau had a blood-alcohol concentration of .198/.202, making the charge an excessive DUI, and a felony, following two previous DUI convictions in 2012 and 2017.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Fabrizio Lizano, Cordeau appeared under the influence of alcohol when she drove a friend to the probation office to meet with his probation officer and then drove him to the county jail in Hailey. A probation officer tipped off law enforcement after suspecting that Cordeau had been driving under the influence when she went to the probation office, engaged with the probation officer and had slurred speech.
A field sobriety test was done and Cordeau failed and then provided a breathalyzer sample that exceeded the legal limit to drive, at which point Cordeau was booked into the Blaine County jail for excessive DUI, the report states.
During the sentencing hearing on Monday, Cordeau’s attorney, Cheri Hicks, said her client is in a better place today because of the arrest, explaining to the court how Cordeau has remained sober, has sought out counseling, and has found permanent housing and employment since her arrest.
In addition to the jai time and probation, Cordeau must pay $1,500 in fines and $500 in public-defender reimbursement costs.