DUI Royalty’s Also-Rans

Well, not technically “running” if you can’t stand up straight.

After he was arrested for drunk driving last September, Karl L. Solid, 44, scored a stunning .28 on his breath-alcohol test, King County prosecutors say (that's 3.5 times the legal limit of .08). Perhaps it takes more for Solid to get drunk these days: The arrest was his ninth for driving while intoxicated—including six convictions in the past 10 years. On the other hand, that arrest made him eligible to be charged with a felony under a July 2007 state law that provides prison terms for anyone convicted of four or more DUIs within a span of 10 years. In Solid's case, it was a charge authorities promptly filed, making him the first person in King County to face prosecution under the new law. State Trooper Brian Dixon says that during the September arrest, he had to hold Solid upright to keep him from falling. Solid drew Dixon's attention when his vehicle swerved along State Route 522 near Bothell, barely avoiding a ditch and then almost running into the trooper's cruiser. Once stopped, Solid, according to court papers, was bleeding from the head, his arms and shirt covered in blood. He told the trooper he'd fallen minutes earlier while walking from his house to his car. Because of prior DUIs, Solid's license had been revoked; he was also on probation for a 2006 DUI. That case required him to install an ignition interlock device on his car to prevent him from driving while drinking, but the car was not so equipped. Besides dozens of misdemeanors and traffic violations around the state, Solid, of Bothell, also has five felony convictions involving forgery, theft, and writing bad checks. His DUI trial is currently set for this month. Also charged in King County under the new DUI felony law is Benjamin B. Wulfert, 24, caught weaving down an Enumclaw road on Dec. 29. He blew a .14 and said he'd smoked marijuana earlier, prosecutors say. Though Wulfert has only one other DUI (a 2005 deferred prosecution), he has a prior conviction for vehicular assault. And under the felony DUI law, anyone convicted of vehicular assault and later arrested for DUI can be charged as a felon. Altogether, the King County Prosecutor's Office has so far filed seven felony DUI cases, says spokesperson Dan Donohoe. All await trial. Among those charged in addition to Solid and Wulfert are: • Jodie Moses, 33, of Auburn: four DUIs since 2000 and on deferred prosecution from an earlier 2007 DUI when arrested after an accident in December. • William T. Bogdan, 55, of Renton: four DUIs, not counting two others in the 1990s. • Leonso Vicuna-Soberanes, 26, Tukwila: four priors dating to 2001. • Eryn K. Paull, 34, Seattle: four prior DUIs; also has a drug charge and a hit-and-run case pending. • Yung-Cheng Tsai, 27, Kent: stopped on I-5 doing 95 mph and later allegedly passed out in a state trooper's car; currently on probation from 2001 conviction for vehicular assault and vehicular homicide in Pierce County. 

 
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