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Francisco Regalado Herrera

A Blaine County man faces multiple criminal charges following a traffic stop in Hailey when a police officer noted a vehicle with a headlight out.

Francisco Regalado Herrera, 25, was charged on Oct. 16 with felony driving under the influence and misdemeanor possession of a firearm while under the influence. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, at which time the prosecution must present sufficient evidence for the felony charge to be tried in district court.

According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Hailey Police Department Officer Joshua Latimer, Latimer noticed a 2007 Jeep Commander traveling north on state Highway 75 near Woodside Boulevard around 10:45 p.m. with the passenger side headlight not illuminated. Latimer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver where he stopped near Roberta McKercher Park.

“I observed [Herrera’s] eyes to be red and glassy and I was able to smell the odor of alcoholic beverages coming from the vehicle,” the affidavit states.

Following a series of field sobriety tests, Herrera was given a breathalyzer test and registered 0.098, above the legal limit of 0.08.

Upon searching the vehicle subsequent to arrest, officers found a semi-automatic pistol registered to Herrera, resulting in the misdemeanor charge of possession of a firearm while under the influence.

In addition, Herrera had two previous DUI convictions, one in 2013 and a second in 2015, both in Blaine County, making the third alleged DUI a felony charge.