A 41-year-old Hailey man was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for driving drunk one too many times.
Matthew T. Keefe was given credit for two days already spent behind bars following his arrest by the Blaine County Sheriff's Office near Buttercup Road north of Hailey on Sept. 19. A probable-cause affidavit filed by Deputy Skip Liddle states that Keefe had a blood-alcohol level of .223, nearly three times the legal limit for driving in Idaho of .08.
Keefe was charged with a felony because of prior misdemeanor DUI convictions in Blaine County in 2005 and 2006.
Judge Robert J. Elgee also sentenced Keefe to a suspended five-year prison sentence, placed him on probation for three years, suspended his driver's license for 18 months, fined him $1,500, ordered 80 hours of community service and told Keefe he must attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings twice a week for at least eight months as a condition of probation. Elgee gave Keefe a withheld judgment, which allows the felony conviction to be removed from Keefe's criminal record upon successful completion of probation.
Elgee told Keefe he had until March 22 to report to jail, and allowed work release for Keefe while he's incarcerated.
Elgee noted that Keefe quit drinking alcohol for several years following his DUI conviction in 2006.
"I think you should be able to stay sober—you did it for three years and you should be able to do it again," Elgee said.
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