Anthony Aiello was just released from jail in July having served 243 days for a DUI.
Early Saturday morning, the 55-year-old man was arrested again for suspicion of drunk driving. The Olympia man already has four prior DUI convictions, reports The Olympian.
The Washington State Patrol received a complaint about a suspected drunk driver at about 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The caller reported a possibly intoxicated man who poked a finger at someone at a Jack in the Box fast food restaurant before driving away.
State troopers spotted Aiello as he had trouble keeping his sport utility vehicle in its lane. During the stop, the authorities noticed that Aiello had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and a flush face -- all signs of intoxication. The arresting officer also noticed an "extreme odor of intoxicants."
Aiello reportedly told officers that he had drank about ten beers. Not surprisingly, he then proceeded to fail all the field sobriety tests and registered a 0.201 blood alcohol level. Authorities say he even had trouble walking.
A Thurston County Superior Court Judge set Aiello's bail at $50,000. It should be noted that as a convicted drunk driver, Aiello should have installed an ignition interlock device. However, as is the case with many repeat drunk driving offenders, Aiello did not install the device.
Aiello now faces felony DUI charges and could face up to five years in prison.
Suspected repeat drunk drivers face very serious penalties in Washington. Not only can a suspected repeat DUI offender face felony charges, but the individual may also be ordered to undergo monitoring and other penalties, pursuant to new laws set to go into effect.
As a result, if you are charged with a DUI in the Seattle or King County areas, it is very important that you work with an experienced attorney. Contact the DUI defense attorney at Wolff Criminal Defense by calling 425-284-2000 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.