Boise police arrested two men on felony DUI charges over the weekend, including a 55-year-old who has now been arrested five times over the last two decades for driving drunk in Ada County.
Neal A. Carlton has DUI convictions from 1993, 1995, 1998, and 2009, according to Idaho Court records.
Carltons arrest early Sunday morning in West Boise marks the first time he has been charged with the felony, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a drivers license suspension of at least one year.
Boise police pulled over Carlton after an officer saw Carlton driving his car with the headlights off just before midnight Saturday near the Overland Road/Entertainment Avenue intersection. Police say Carlton appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests before being taken to the Ada County Jail, where he took a breath test and registered a .18 blood alcohol content (bac) percentage. The legal bac limit for driving in Idaho is .08.
Boise police say 32-year-old Charles J. Norred was over three times the legal bac limit when they pulled him over early Saturday morning on Roosevelt Street near the Cassia Street intersection.
Court records indicate Saturdays arrest was Norreds third DUI, making it a felony, but do not show him with any other drunken driving convictions in Idaho. Boise police officials were not able to provide details on Norreds previous arrests and said they werent sure if they occurred in Idaho or another state.
What they did say was an officer pulled over Norreds car around 1:30 a.m. Saturday after that officer watched the car swerve in an out of the lane it was in.
Police say Norred appeared very intoxicated during the traffic stop and failed field sobriety tests before being taken to the jail, where he registered a .25 bac percentage.
Preliminary hearings for both men will be set for later this month.