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Fisherman from Coupeville faces felony DUI charge

January 10, 2013 · Updated 2:13 PM

A 45-year-old Coupeville man could face prison time if convicted of the latest in a series of drinking-and-driving arrests, court documents indicate.

Prosecutors last month charged Timothy Pike in Island County Superior Court with felony DUI. Under the law, a defendant can be charged with a felony DUI if he or she has been convicted of four or more prior DUIs within the past 10 years.

If convicted of the felony charge, Pike could face from 33 to 43 months in prison under the standard sentencing range.

A trooper with the Washington State Patrol stopped Pike on Highway 20 in Oak Harbor on Oct. 11. The trooper saw a 2001 GMC Yukon, driven by Pike, drifting in its lane of travel and crossing the center line a couple of times, court documents state.

Pike told the officer that he is a commercial fisherman and had just returned to town. He admitted to drinking beer and vodka that night, according to the trooper’s report.

Pike provided two breath samples to the “BAC Datamaster” that measured his blood-alcohol content at 0.150 and 0.160, while the legal limit is 0.08.

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