A 49-year-old man with a history of drunken driving is accused of having almost two times the legal limit of alcohol in his system when his truck hit a parked car in Pasco.
Michael Ross Thompson of Pasco pleaded innocent to felony driving under the influence. He's charged under Washington law as a felony because he has had four prior DUI convictions within the past 10 years.
His trial is Sept. 5.
Pasco Officer Nathan Carlisle was called shortly before 10 p.m. on May 13 to a collision where a pickup towing a boat hit a parked car, court documents said. The truck's driver failed to stop and identify himself, documents said.
Then the truck returned to the scene.
Carlisle spoke with Thompson, who provided him with a Washington state identification card and an ignition interlock license. The device could be seen installed in Thompson's truck, said court documents.
The officer said Thompson's speech was slow and slurred, his eyes were watery and red and his body swayed as the two talked, documents said. Thompson agreed to do a standardized field-sobriety test and allegedly failed a number of things.
A test at the scene showed Thompson had a blood-alcohol level of 0.183 percent, but at the Franklin County jail he tested at 0.142 and 0.144, court documents said. The legal limit in Washington is 0.08.
Thompson told Carlisle he'd had a 16-ounce beer, documents said. He was released on his personal recognizance but was ordered not to use alcohol while the case is pending.