Jacqueline Luzzani was pulled over last Wednesday night for not wearing a seatbelt. During the stop, the 58-year-old Monroe woman supposedly told the officer that she was "drunker than a skunk," reports KIRO TV. Along with the purported admission, the arresting officer also noted that Luzzani had bloodshot eyes and smelled strongly of alcohol.
After checking her driving records, the officer found that Luzzani had four prior drunk driving related charges. Amazingly, the woman had another six DUI cases currently pending making Wednesday's arrest her eleventh. Luzzani had previously been ordered to install an ignition interlock device in her car, but like many other repeat DUI offenders, she did not comply. In fact, this was the third time that Luzzani had been caught driving without an ignition interlock device, highlighting the problem with enforcing such orders.
Given her repeated DUI arrests, it's clear that Luzzani refuses to stay off Washington roads prompting a Snohomish County judge to characterize the woman as a "danger to the public."
However, despite the eleven prior arrests, it's still unclear if Luzzani will be charged with a felony DUI. In Washington, someone convicted of four DUIs in ten years faces a felony charge. But at least one of Luzzani's four prior charges was pleaded down to negligent driving, so it's unclear whether prosecutors may pursue a felony charge this time.
Repeat drunk driving offenses are a serious charge. You could face felony charges and significant prison time. As a result, you will want to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. An attorney can help explain your options such as seeking a plea deal and can help establish your defense. To learn more about how an attorney can help you in the King County area, contact Wolff Criminal Defense by calling 425-284-2000.