Friday, December 3, 2010

Former mayor charged with felony

Summons issued for Jon Anderson

Express Staff Writer

The Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office filed a felony DUI criminal charge Tuesday against former Bellevue Mayor Jon Anderson.

Anderson was not arrested. Instead, a felony summons was issued ordering him to an initial court appearance on the charge on Dec. 13 in Blaine County Magistrate Court.

The felony charge follows Anderson's conviction on Nov. 24 of misdemeanor DUI in Lincoln County. Anderson also has a 2005 misdemeanor DUI conviction 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.

The felony charge alleges that Anderson was driving intoxicated in Bellevue on Sept. 4. He was originally charged with a misdemeanor in the Bellevue case, but that charge was dismissed and a felony charge filed instead following Anderson's Lincoln County conviction.

In Lincoln County, Anderson was sentenced to three days in jail, ordered to provide 144 hours of community service, placed on probation for two years, had his driver's license suspended and ordered to pay $768.90 in fines and fees.

Anderson, 54, served as Bellevue's mayor for five years before resigning in June.

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