-For The Herald-
PUYALLUP – Early Tuesday morning, Puyallup police arrested James Robert Door, 48, under suspicion of what would be his fifth DUI within 10 years.
Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Door with Felony Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Driving with a Suspended License in the First Degree, and Driving Without Required Ignition Interlock Device.
“This defendant is a poster child for the felony DUI law,” Lindquist said. “A person who continues to put the public at risk by driving drunk after four previous DUI convictions needs to be held accountable at a felony level.”
Officer Joe Pihl stopped Door at about 2 a.m. after Door stopped “well beyond the painted white stop line on the roadway,” and “failed to signal a second lane change . . . stopped beyond the painted white stop line again and turned right using no signal again,” police records say.
“[I] smelled a very powerful odor of intoxicants in his breath,” Pihl wrote in the police report.
Door agreed to perform field tests, but had difficulty opening his door and freeing himself from his seatbelt, according to the report.
After poorly performing two field tests, Door refused a breath sample at the Puyallup City Jail.
“I’m not giving you a breath test,” Door said, according to police records. “I already have warrants and been to prison. I am not going to give you one.”
At 3:40 a.m., Pihl received a search warrant for Door’s blood and had samples drawn.
Door was arraigned May 1 in Pierce County Superior Court. Door pleaded not guilty, and bail was set at $150,000.
Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.