Driver had twice the limit of alcohol in system when he hit Boise woman, prosecutor says

Adam Paulson
Adam Paulson

The driver who prosecutors say was drunk when he struck and killed a Boise woman crossing an Eagle street asked for a reduction in the $1 million bond set in his case — but a judge denied that request Friday.

Breath and blood tests showed Adam Paulson had about double the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he struck 24-year-old Madeline “Maddie” Duskey, according to prosecutors.

The 42-year-old Eagle man, who is being held at the Ada County Jail, was charged with vehicular manslaughter in Duskey’s death and a probation violation on 2016 domestic violence case.

Paulson’s preliminary hearing had been set for Friday, but it was rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 20.

Paulson was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado north on Eagle Road when he struck Duskey as she crossed Eagle Road at Riverside Drive early Nov. 18, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office and court documents.

It is a lighted and signalized intersection. One of the deputies investigating the scene told prosecutors that Duskey appeared to have been in the crosswalk when she was hit, according to court records. Ada County sheriff’s officials said they do not know if Duskey activated the crosswalk or if the traffic light was red or green when the truck passed through the intersection.

In arguing for a reduction of $1 million bond Friday, Paulson’s attorney Matt Williams said his client had made all court appearances on his previous case and would be compliant in this one. Williams said Paulson was willing to submit to wearing an alcohol-monitoring device on his ankle and any restrictions the court wanted to impose.

Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Scott Bandy said the facts of the case are “very egregious,” and he noted the blood test on Paulson showed that he had a higher level of alcohol in his system than breath tests had showed. He said the tests showed he had .213 blood-alcohol content, more than double the legal limit of .08 BAC.

“We do not believe there are any conditions you can put on Mr. Paulson to make him safe to be in the community,” Bandy said.

Magistrate Judge John Hawley Jr. denied the motion to reduce bond, and Paulson was returned to the Ada County Jail.

An investigator conducted a field sobriety test on Paulson after detecting a strong odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath, the deputy prosecutor said at the probable cause hearing. On the breath test, Paulson blew .197, .158, .174 and .164, and but the first reading had insufficient breath for a sample.

In February, Paulson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence without traumatic injury and destruction/alteration of evidence, according to online court records.

He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but 160 were suspended; his probation officer was given 90 days of discretionary time to impose on Paulson if he was believed to be out of compliance. He was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay $1,157.50 in fines and court costs, and $690.36 in restitution.

Duskey is survived by two young children. A account was set up for her family. More than 435 people have contributed nearly $31,000 to her family for funeral and other costs.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller