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Senate panel weighs measure lowering threshold for felony DUI from 4 prior offenses

A Seattle man who lost his parents and whose wife and infant son were seriously injured last March by a drunken driver asked a Senate panel on Monday to pass a measure that would make it a felony charge to drive under the influence when the driver has three prior offenses within 10 years.


Under current law, a DUI is a felony only if there are four or more prior offenses within 10 years. Reducing that threshold was an idea that lawmakers considered last year but ultimately decided would be too expensive. The Senate Law & Justice Committee could vote on Senate Bill 6090 in the coming days.

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