A woman from Barre, Massachusetts was arrested this past weekend for her 9th, yes 9th, DUI.
Deborah Adams, 58, had actually called the police herself asking them to remove a man from her apartment this past Saturday morning.
When officer responded to the call, they saw a man standing outside of Adams’ apartment with Adams driving away from the location with her dog in her car. According to the police report, the man told the officers that he believed that Adams was intoxicated.
An officer followed Adams to a nearby store. After Adams parked her car, allegedly poorly, the officer approached Adams. She told the officer that she had just poured herself a drink. According to the officer, there was an “overwhelming odor” of alcohol coming from Adams and the contents of a Dunkin’ Donuts cup in the console of Adams’ vehicle.
A breath test determined that Adams’ blood alcohol content was a 0.224 percent, almost three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
It was also later determined that Adams had been convicted of driving under the influence eight times previous ranging from 1979 to 2001.
Adams was arrested and held on $5,000 bail.
Normally at this point in my post about a DUI that occurs outside of California, I write about what would happen in California. It’s difficult to say Ms. Adams’ case.
In California a 4th DUI becomes a felony only if it occurred within ten years of three previous DUI convictions. Conceivably (although unlikely), if the previous DUI convictions were spaced out such that Adams did not get convicted of more than three DUI’s in a ten year span, this 9th DUI could still be a misdemeanor.
On the other hand, and remember I’m talking about under California’s laws, if any previous DUI conviction occurred within ten years of three previous DUI convictions, that fourth DUI would be considered a felony. And if you read my last post, you’d know that if a current DUI occurs within ten years of a previous felony, the current DUI also becomes a felony.
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