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Felony charges may await Suquamish man accused of drunken driving

A Suquamish man previously convicted of vehicular assault may face felony charges after being arrested in Silverdale for drunken driving Thursday.

The man, 24, was spotted by a Washington State Patrol trooper at about 1 a.m. driving on Silverdale Way, according to a statement from the State Patrol.

The trooper clocked him driving 41 mph in a 30 mph zone. After a series of sobriety tests he was arrested.

The man had been convicted in 2005 of vehicular assault.

In the previous case, the man was driving when he was involved in a one-car crash on South Kingston Road near Taree Road. A passenger was left with serious injuries from the crash, resulting in the vehicular assault conviction for the driver.

The man was booked into the Kitsap County jail for investigation of felony drunken driving. He is expected to appear in court Friday, the statement said.

Drunken driving can become a class C felony if a suspect has four or more prior drunken driving convictions within a ten year period, or if they have ever been previously convicted of vehicular homicide or vehicular assault while under the influence.

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