Two people were taken into custody in Arizona over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend on suspicion of both super extreme and extreme DUI offenses. According to Arizona Revised Statutes, a person can be charged with extreme DUI if he or she has a blood-alcohol content of more than .15 percent but less than .20 percent while driving or being in control of a vehicle or within two hours of driving. Similarly, a person can be charged with super extreme DUI if he or she has a BAC over .20 percent while driving or being in control of a vehicle or within two hours of driving.
Police officers stopped a driver in the 500 block of South Main Street in Cottonwood for reportedly swerving in his traffic lane and speeding. The driver allegedly exhibited signs of intoxication. Officers performed field sobriety tests, which they claim the driver failed. The driver also submitted to a breath test that reportedly registered a .203 BAC. He was taken into custody and charged with extreme DUI.
Law enforcement stopped one other driver in the 300 block of South Main Street in Cottonwood after they learned that his registration had been canceled due to a lapse in his insurance, which is a felony charge. When police officers approached the driver, they claim, they noticed that he was slurring his speech and had watery, bloodshot eyes. The driver allegedly failed field sobriety tests. He was taken into custody by police and submitted to a breath test, registering a .241, which is triple the Arizona legal limit of .08 percent, so he was charged with super extreme DUI.
Someone who is convicted on either extreme DUI or super extreme DUI in Arizona may face severe penalties, including incarceration, expensive fines, driving restrictions, and probation. An Arizona criminal defense attorney could provide assistance, advice and legal representation for someone facing serious DUI charges.