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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • DUI trial ends in conviction

  • A jury trial resulted in a DUI conviction of a Leavenworth man, according to a prosecution spokesman.
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  • A jury trial resulted in a DUI conviction of a Leavenworth man, according to a prosecution spokesman.
    Darrell Thomas, 62, was convicted Thursday for driving under the influence of alcohol, which is at least his third DUI conviction, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.
    Thomas was arrested May 16, 2012. A Leavenworth police officer observed that Thomas' vehicle was "hugging" the shoulder while traveling south on North Seventh Street, according to Thompson.
    The officer followed the vehicle and saw it drift from the shoulder to the center line multiple times.
    After Thomas nearly drove into the opposing lane of traffic, his vehicle was stopped in the 300 block of South Seventh Street.
    When the officer approached the vehicle, he observed indicators that Thomas was intoxicated including an odor of alcohol and the defendant's admission to drinking that evening.
    Thomas was asked to exit his vehicle, and he stated he wasn't going to submit to field sobriety testing, according to Thompson.
    Ultimately, Thomas got out his vehicle, showing balance problems. He also faced his vehicle and put his hands behind his back, though he was never told to do so or that he was under arrest. He again refused all field sobriety testing as well as a preliminary breath test, according to Thompson.
    He was placed in custody and transported to the Justice Center for an evidentiary breath test on the Intoxilyzer 8000, which he refused, according to Thompson.
    Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 20. Thomspon said the sentence Thomas receives will depend on several factors.
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