Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Trial set in felony DUI case

Defendant allegedly drove under influence of prescription meds

Express Staff Writer

William Pattnosh

    A jury trial has been scheduled for Nov. 5 for a 58-year-old Ketchum man charged with DUI for allegedly driving in an impaired state while under the influence of prescription medication.
    William Vincent Pattnosh was arraigned on a felony DUI charge on July 31 in Blaine County 5th District Court. He pleaded not guilty.
    Pattnosh was charged with a felony because Idaho law provides that a felony shall be charged on a third offense if a defendant has two prior misdemeanor DUI convictions within the past 10 years. According to court records, Pattnosh was convicted of misdemeanor DUI in Blaine County in 2005 and 2007.
    Pattnosh was not arrested on the latest charge, but was instead issued a felony summons. He is represented by Ketchum attorney Stephen Thompson.
    The charge resulted from an incident on April 27 when police were notified of a “possible intoxicated driver” headed north from Bellevue on state Highway 75. Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Adam Johnson reported in a probable-cause affidavit that he was able to locate the vehicle, a silver Chevrolet Tahoe, near the intersection of Highway 75 and Hospital Drive, south of Ketchum.
    Johnson wrote as he followed the vehicle that it crossed the center line twice and that he “observed the vehicle weaving back and forth with its lane.”
    Johnson wrote that Pattnosh had trouble standing and failed field sobriety tests after he was stopped near the intersection of Highway 75 and Gem Street in south Ketchum. Johnson wrote further that Pattnosh acknowledged he had taken prescription pain medication that day.
    Johnson wrote that Pattnosh was taken to the Sun Valley Police Department office for breath and urine tests. He was then cited and released.
    Initially Pattnosh was charged with misdemeanor DUI but the charge was amended to a felony in May.

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