Olympia man arrested on suspicion of 5th DUI since 2007

Staff writerAugust 19, 2013 

An Olympia man who got out of jail in July after serving 243 days for a DUI and has four prior DUI convictions was arrested again on suspicion of DUI early Saturday morning, court papers state.

A Washington State Patrol trooper pulled Anthony Aiello's sport-utility vehicle over in downtown Olympia about 1 a.m. Saturday after receiving a complaint about a possibly intoxicated driver. The trooper pulled the vehicle over after watching it drift over the double yellow center line.

The trooper was dispatched to the area because someone had called 911 from the the Jack in the Box drive through at the corner of Legion Way and Plum Street, reporting that a man had "poked someone with his finger" before driving away. The caller gave the vehicle's description to 911.

During the stop, the trooper noticed that Aiello, 55, "had thick slurred speech, bloodshot watery eyes and a flush face," court papers state. The trooper noticed "an extreme odor of intoxicants," according to court papers.

Aiello implied he knew he was intoxicated and that he would be arrested. He said he had about 10 beers. Aiello failed all of the field sobriety tests, and "staggered" while walking, according to court papers.

Aiello registered a .201 on his preliminary breath tests, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 for driving under the influence. He also should have been driving with an ignition interlock that would have prevented the vehicle from starting if he had drank any alcohol.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller set Aiello's bail at $50,000 during a court hearing Monday, after finding probable cause to support a charge of felony DUI.

DUI can be charged as a class C felony in Washington if a driver had four or more prior DUIs in the past 10 years. Class C felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Washington State Patrol Sgt. Jason Hicks said he all too often sees the result of a DUI as ending in tragedy. When a drunken driver gets behind the wheel, "that vehicle can become a weapon," he said.

Aiello was released from the Thurston County Jail on July 23 after serving 243 days on a DUI conviction. According to court papers, Aiello was convicted of DUI in 2012, in June and in March of 2010, and in 2007. He additionally has a DUI citation out of Texas from 1986, court papers state.



Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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