Christine Obeline Cordeau, 35, of Ketchum, pleaded guilty to felony DUI Monday at a pretrial conference, in exchange for dismissal of two misdemeanors.
Cordeau admitted to driving under the influence on April 25. According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s 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.
Probation Officer Teresa Espedal reported to sheriff’s Detective Steve Hansen that she suspected Cordeau was intoxicated because her speech was slurred, the affidavit states.
Lizano spoke with Cordeau outside the jail in the parking lot. “[W]hile speaking to Cordeau I noticed her speech to be very slow and slurred,” the affidavit states. “As I continued talking to Cordeau, I was able to smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath.”
After failing a field sobriety test, Cordeau was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI. At the jail, Cordeau provided two breath samples, of .212/.214 and .198/.202. The legal alcohol concentration limit is below 0.07 percent.
Cordeau has two previous DUI convictions, one from 2012 in Maine and a second from 2017 in Idaho, making this her third DUI charge following two convictions within 10 years, a felony.
During the Monday hearing, Cordeau admitted to the offense and said she wished to plead guilty rather than face a jury trial. According to the plea deal, two misdemeanors of driving without privileges and driving with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle were dismissed. Cordeau is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on Nov. 4