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'Poster child for felony DUI law' charged for 5th time

'Poster child for felony DUI law' charged for 5th time
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TACOMA, Wash. -- A 48-year-old Pierce County man who prosecutors call a "a poster child for felony DUI law" was charged Wednesday with his fifth DUI.

James R. Door was arrested just before 2 a.m. on Tuesday after a Puyallup police officer noticed him make a turn without signalling. After pulling him over, the officer said Door had a blank look on his face with "watery, bloodshot and glassy" eyes, according to Pierce County prosecutors Mark Lindquist.

The officer also smelled what he described as an "overwhelming odor of intoxicants coming from the inside of the car" and on Door's breath. Police say when door was asked questions, his speech was slurred and he had trouble enunciating worlds.

When asked if he had been drinking alcohol, Door said, "Probably too much," according to police.

He proceeded to fail a field sobriety test and sway back and forth as he told officers, "I'm probably drunk," according to prosecutors.

Door refused to give a breath sample, so the arresting officers got a search warrant for a blood draw. The results of that draw are still pending.

After searching their records, officers learned Door had a long history of DUI arrests and was driving on a suspended license. He was also court ordered to use an interlock device on his car, which officers say wasn't installed.

Door has more than 10 felony convictions, including four DUI convictions in the last 10 years. He was also wanted on an outstanding bench warrant for his failure to appear in court on 2012 car theft case.

"This defendant is a poster child for the felony DUI law," Lindquist said in a Wednesday news release. "A person who continues to put the public at risk by driving drunk after four previous DUI convictions needs to be held accountable at a felony level."

Door pleaded not guilty to felony DUI, driving with a suspended license and driving without a required ignition interlock device. His bail was set at $150,000.
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