A Wendell man has been charged with felony DUI after he was pulled over for going 57 mph in a 45 mph zone of state Highway 75 near U.S. Highway 20 on Sunday.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kyle O’Brien, Salvador Gomez-Cruz was seen driving a white Saturn Vue northbound on Highway 75 at a high rate of speed. O’Brien used the front-facing radar of his patrol vehicle to clock Gomez-Cruz allegedly going 12 mph over the speed limit at the intersection of Highway 75 and Highway 20.
“While speaking with Gomez-Cruz I observed him to have bloodshot and glassy eyes. Gomez-Cruz was also slurring his speech and mumbled as he spoke,” the affidavit states.
Gomez-Cruz said he had not consumed any alcohol and agreed to take field sobriety tests. After failing or being unable to complete the tests, he was put under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence, the report states.
Once at the Blaine County jail, Gomez-Cruz took a breath test and results came back with a blood-alcohol concentration of .167/.171 and .171/.173. Th legal limit is a blood-alcohol concentration below 0.08. Gomez-Cruz has two previous DUI convictions in Idaho, one in 2011 and a second in 2012. In Idaho, a third DUI charge in 10 years is charged as a felony.
As of press deadline Thursday, no preliminary hearing had been scheduled for Gomez-Cruz. At the preliminary hearing, the prosecutor must present sufficient evidence for the case to be bound to District Court as a felony.