A woman from Featherville, Idaho, faces a felony charge of excessive DUI following a wellness check on U.S. Highway 20 when she allegedly pulled onto the shoulder suddenly after a report came in through dispatch of a possible intoxicated driver.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Philip Rummel, he was dispatched just before 7 p.m. on Oct. 9 for a possibly intoxicated driver eastbound on Highway 20 between Timmerman Junction and Gannett Road. Rummel began observing the Chevrolet Tahoe driving eastbound with another car in between when the Chevrolet “suddenly hit the brakes and pulled off on the eastbound shoulder of the road,” according to the affidavit.
Rummel pulled in behind the Chevrolet and identified the driver as Jan Marie Brown, 49. Rummel asked if everything was OK and asked why she pulled over to the shoulder, to which Brown replied that she had been speeding, the report states. Rummel reports in the affidavit that he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s compartment of the Chevrolet.
“[Brown’s] speech was slow and slurred and her eyes appeared glassy and bloodshot,” the affidavit states.
After failing to complete a series of field sobriety tests, Brown was given a breathalyzer test and provided two breath samples of 0.258 and 0.257, more than three times the legal blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 and over 0.2, making it an excessive DUI.
Brown had been convicted of excessive DUI in Blaine County in 2017, resulting in this second excessive DUI being charged as a felony. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing today, Oct. 22, at which time the prosecution must present sufficient evidence for the case to proceed as a felony charge.