Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Felony to be filed against former mayor

Anderson convicted of misdemeanor DUI in Lincoln County

Express Staff Writer

Jon B. Anderson

The Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office plans to file a felony DUI charge this week against former Bellevue Mayor Jon Anderson for an arrest in September for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

Prosecuting Attorney Jim Thomas said Monday that a felony case is being prepared against Anderson, following Anderson's misdemeanor DUI conviction last week in Lincoln County.

Anderson was also convicted of misdemeanor DUI in 2005 in Blaine County. Under Idaho law, a person with two prior DUI convictions within the last 10 years can be charged with a felony with a third alleged violation.

In the Lincoln County case, Anderson pleaded guilty on Nov. 24 and was sentenced by Magistrate Court Judge Mark Ingram to three days in jail. He was also ordered to provide 144 hours of community service, had his driver's license suspended, was ordered to pay $768.90 in fines and fees and was placed on probation for two years.

Anderson, 54, was arrested on the Lincoln County charge in May. Citing "personal family and health issues," he resigned in June as Bellevue's mayor.

The pending felony charge against Anderson comes from a DUI arrest on Sept. 4 in Bellevue. Anderson was originally charged with a misdemeanor and intended to plead guilty to the charge on Nov. 15. Instead, at a hearing that day in Blaine County Magistrate Court, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fredback filed a motion for dismissal, which was granted by Judge R. Ted Israel.

Fredback explained at the time that the Prosecuting Attorney's Office planned to refile the charge as a felony if Anderson was convicted in Lincoln County.

"They're going to file a new case of felony DUI and I'm going to fight it," Anderson's legal counsel, Hailey attorney Douglas Nelson, said Monday.

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