A Sun Valley man initially charged with a misdemeanor DUI in April is now facing an amended felony charge of a third DUI within 10 years after it was discovered that he had two previous DUI convictions, one in 2011 in Tennessee and a second in 2014 in Blaine County.
Jason Bradley Sellars, 34, pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Oct. 7 and was scheduled for a pretrial conference in January.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Alexander Romashko of the Ketchum Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, Sellars allegedly drove to the Ketchum Police Department on April 19 around 12:30 a.m. after locking himself out of his apartment.
“Sellars stated that he was locked out of his apartment due to his key breaking off in the lock and was trying to get help to get into this apartment,” the affidavit states.
Sellars, who allegedly appeared intoxicated, told Romashko and Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy Walter Todd that he had driven from his apartment to the Police Department to get help with his lock and when asked if he had had anything to drink, Sellars allegedly replied no, “not even one beer.”
“I observed Sellars to have slurred speech, glassy eyes, difficulty standing and balancing, impaired memory, and the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath as he spoke,” the affidavit states.
After being given a series of sobriety tests, Sellars completed a breath test and allegedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.173, more than twice the legal limit.
Sellars has a pretrial conference scheduled for Jan. 6 and a jury trial on Jan. 22, if a plea deal isn’t reached.