A Ketchum man is facing one felony charge of driving under the influence of alcohol following an arrest on April 17.
According to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, Lance Darin Cole, 49, was stopped by deputies on state Highway 75 near Buttercup Road, north of Hailey, around 3:45 a.m. on April 17 for allegedly going 66 in a 55-mph zone. Once the deputy made contact with the driver and sole occupant of the gray Ford Explorer, he smelled an odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle and noted Cole’s eyes to be bloodshot and glassy, according to a probable-cause affidavit written by arresting deputy Kyle O’Brien.
Cole failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. During the booking process, it was discovered that he had two previous DUIs, one in 2012 in Valley County and one in 2014 in Ada County, according to the Sheriff’s Office, making the new charge his third DUI charge in 10 years, a felony per Idaho code.
Cole was arraigned on the same day as the arrest and was released on a $5,000 bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 16, when sufficient evidence must be presented by the state for the case to go to District Court for prosecution.