Bainbridge man arrested for felony DUI

A 28-year-old Bainbridge Island man has been charged with a felony count of driving under the influence after he was stopped by the Washington State Patrol on Sunday, March 23 in Silverdale and arrested for his fifth alleged DUI violation.

Todd Ryan Duffner was charged in Kitsap County District Court with the felony after his arrest just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday on Silverdale Way. According to court records, Duffner was previously convicted of vehicular assault in Kitsap County Superior Court in January 2005 while under the influence, and was also convicted of felony DUI in January 2008.

The vehicular assault case dates back to August 2004, when Duffner, then 19, was arrested after he hit a bicyclist on High School Road and tried to leave the scene of the accident. The bicyclist was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the accident with two broken arms and a head injury, according to court records.

Late last week, Duffner was pulled over by the Washington State Patrol while he was driving his 1999 Ford Ranger south on Silverdale Way near Northwest Byron Street shortly before 2:20 a.m. March 23, according to a WSP DUI investigation report.

According to the trooper's report, the officer saw a white pickup weaving between the center turn lane and the right lane of the roadway.

After the officer pulled the vehicle over, the trooper said the driver — later identified as Duffner — had bloodshot eyes and was shaking. When the driver repeatedly had trouble finding his vehicle registration, he was asked to step out of the truck to perform roadside sobriety tests.

The state trooper claimed Duffner had trouble following the instructions for the sobriety tests and had difficulty keeping his balance.

Duffner was then taken into custody, and the trooper said in his report that he was told by Bremerton dispatchers that Duffner was wanted on a $5,000 warrant for domestic violence by the Bainbridge Island Police Department and had four prior DUIs.

The state trooper took Duffner to Harrison Medical Center for a blood draw, and was later taken to Kitsap County Jail where he was booked for the warrant and felony DUI. The Ford Ranger was impounded by Bremerton Towing.

Authorities are awaiting toxicology reports on the blood draw from the WSP Toxicology Laboratory.

Bail was set at $75,000 for the felony DUI charge.

Felony DUI carries a maximum five-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine upon conviction.



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