DUI law revisions and enhancements in King County
August 25, 2012 · 5:43 PM
An investigation for DUI results in the 1st known use of the revised Implied Consent Law for mandatory blood draws on felony DUI arrests in King County.
The driver also faces enhanced penalties for having three children in the vehicle at the time of the stop.
On Aug. 19 the revised Implied Consent Law was used, just 18 days after it took effect, by a King County trooper following what would have been a standard DUI arrest just a few weeks prior.
Just before midnight a black Nissan Pathfinder was stopped on eastbound Interstate 90 for lane travel violations. Following an investigation for DUI, the driver, Wiyual Rut of Issaquah, was placed under arrest and a Special Evidence blood draw was performed. Rut's driving record indicated he had four prior DUI convictions within the past 10 years making this investigation for felony DUI. The Aug. 1revision of the Implied Consent Law allows for a blood draw for felony DUI without the consent of the suspect.
At the time of the stop Rut had four other occupants in the vehicle which included three children under 3 years in age. The enhanced penalties for minors in the vehicle at the time of a felony DUI arrest went into effect on June 7. The enhancement adds 12 months to the felony-DUI sentence for each child..
Rut was booked into King County Jail and has been charged with felony DUI, with notice of the three child enhancements.