A Superior man caught driving drunk for the 11th time after striking a parked van will spend four years in prison and another four years on extended supervision.
Raymond James LeDoux, 69, pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court last month to his 11th offense of operating while intoxicated.
In addition to the prison and extended supervision time, LeDoux was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution and a $4,000 fine, maintain absolute sobriety and provide a DNA sample. His driver's license was revoked for three years and he was ordered to take a chemical dependency evaluation and alcohol assessment. Charges of 11th offense operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and operating while revoked were dismissed.
LeDoux had been in custody at the Douglas County Jail for nearly a year - 364 days - when he made the plea.
According to court documents:
Superior police officer Sean Holmgren was called to the 2100 block of Oakes Avenue on Sept. 22, 2014, on a report of a hit and run. The caller reported that a motor home struck a van parked on the street. The driver of the motor home left the area. A bystander was able to provide the license plate number of the motor home.
Other officers attempted to locate the suspect vehicle, which according to the license plate information was registered to LeDoux. Superior police Sgt. Adam Poskozim stopped the motor home, which had sustained heavy damage to the rear bumper on the passenger side, in Superior's South End. Poskozim said that when he approached LeDoux, the man's movement was slow and uncoordinated, his eyes were droopy and red, and his speech was slurred.
A blood draw following his arrest revealed LeDoux had an alcohol concentration of 0.228 percent.
LeDoux received a five-year prison sentence for his ninth drunked-driving offense. In that case, from December 2003, he rammed a Douglas County deputy's squad car during a high-speed chase.
A six-year prison sentence in Minnesota was stayed for five years of probation and one year in the Carlton County Jail in October 2011 after LeDoux pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated-refusing to test; he was arrested there in December 2010 for his 10th offense, according to Minnesota court records.
Prison sentence for nine-time offender
A Superior man will spend three years in prison for his ninth drunken-driving offense.
Curtis Lee Timmerman, 48, pleaded guilty in Douglas County Circuit Court on Sept. 28 to a ninth offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
He was sentenced to three years in prison and five years of extended supervision. He was ordered to pay a $1,819 fine and his driver's license was revoked for three years. The court ordered that he provide a DNA sample, undergo an alcohol assessment and install an ignition interlock in his vehicle.
According to the criminal complaint:
Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Holmstrom was dispatched to Oliver on July 26 on a report of a vehicle driving all over the road. He saw a vehicle matching the description and followed it east on state Highway 105. Holmstrom observed the car cross the center line into oncoming traffic three times and pulled over the driver, identified as Timmerman.
The Superior man's speech was slurred and his eyes were glassy. There was an odor of alcohol coming from inside the car. Timmerman said he had been drinking and had taken his last drink three hours earlier. A preliminary breath test indicated an alcohol level of 0.197 percent, more than twice the legal limit.