The first felony DUI sentence in Washington's new felony DUI law resulted in a four year prison sentence for a man from Island County.
The DUI law in Washington changed in 2007 allowing for a felony charge for a fourth offense or if one offense involves an assault or homicide charge. 45 year-old Kelly Wayne Shields pleaded guilty last week to a charge of felony driving under the influence. He was convicted of vehicular assault and was therefore automatically charged with a felony. Shields agreed to a plea bargain and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Shields was arrested on January 29 after he was stopped for driving erratically. Shields was driving with a suspended license at the time and a breathalyzer test showed his blood alcohol content to be .23 percent, almost thrice the legal limit of .08 percent.
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