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Wrong-way Driver Earns Felony DUI Charge


A good sign somebody is driving who shouldn't be: They're at the wheel of a car traveling east in the westbound lane of traffic.

That's what patrol officers witness at about 1 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, on Beacon Street near Colorado. Needless to say, cops pull over the driver, a 46-year-old Meridian man. But instead of coughing up a license and registration, the suspect reportedly exits the car and unleashes a volley of obscenities as he tries to flee the scene. No such luck. It's Friday the 13th, after all.

While restraining the suspect, officers smell alcohol on his breath. What's more, those obscenities he hurls are slurred. Meanwhile, a search of his person reveals a knife.

Turns out, the suspect's license has already been suspended for several prior DUI convictions. Which means his latest charge rises to felony status. As for his other three charges--driving without privileges, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting and obstructing--they're all misdemeanors.