Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Trial set in felony DUI case

Suspect nabbed in Hailey crosswalk sting


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Micah Matthew Haugland

A jury trial has been scheduled for early 2012 for a 34-year-old Idaho Falls man charged with felony DUI.

Micah Matthew Haugland was arraigned on the charge Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court. He pleaded not guilty.

Haugland was charged with a felony because of two prior misdemeanor DUI convictions within the past 10 years. According to the criminal complaint filed against him, he was convicted of misdemeanor DUI in Adams County in 2002 and in Albany County, Wyo., in 2007.

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Haugland's arrest in Blaine County occurred on July 26 while Hailey police were conducting a crosswalk sting at the intersection of Main and Elm streets. Hailey Patrolman Clifford Logsdon wrote in a probable-cause affidavit that Haugland was pulled over after he failed to stop for a plainclothes officer who was in the middle of the crosswalk across Main Street.

Logsdon wrote in the affidavit that Haugland smelled of alcohol and failed three field sobriety tests.

Haugland was also cited for allegedly failing to yield to a pedestrian.

He remains incarcerated in the Blaine County jail on $10,000 bond. Trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 8.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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