First guilty plea on Weld County felony DUI case

KUSA - The first guilty plea on a Weld County felony DUI case was entered Tuesday afternoon.

A law was passed in August making the fourth DUI a felony in Colorado.

Juan Ignacio Hernandez, 51, plead guilty to Driving While Ability Impaired as a fourth or subsequent offence.

Hernandez was stopped by Fort Lupton Police for having an obstructed windshield on Aug. 21, 2015.

According to a District Attorney press release, Hernandez failed roadside tests and had a breath test of 0.067. He had previously DUI convictions in 2010, 2008 and 1997.

His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 13. If convicted, Hernandez would be subject to a possible felony conviction, punishable by up to six year in state prison and a fine up to $500,000. Hernandez agreed to plea guilty in exchange for not being sentenced to the Department of Corrections.

Since the new law has passed, dozens face felony charges along the Front Range.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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