Issaquah man with young children in vehicle arrested under revised DUI law

August 23, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:25 p.m. Aug. 23, 2012

The state patrol arrested a 32-year-old Issaquah man under the state’s revised driving under the influence law Sunday, 18 days after the beefed-up law took effect.

The arrest marks the initial known use of revised rules for mandatory blood draws on felony DUI arrests in King County. The driver, Wiyual Rut, also faces enhanced penalties for having three children younger than 3 in the vehicle during the traffic stop.

Prosecutors later charged Rut with felony DUI, with notice of three child enhancements. The enhancement adds 12 months to the felony DUI sentence for each child.

Investigators said a Washington State Patrol trooper stopped a black Nissan Pathfinder on eastbound Interstate 90 for lane travel violations just before midnight. The trooper arrested the motorist for DUI. Rut then underwent a special evidence blood draw.

Rut’s driving record indicated he had four prior DUI convictions within the past 10 years, so the latest arrest became a felony DUI case.

The revision of the implied consent law allows for a blood draw for felony DUI without the suspect’s consent.

State law requires a breath or blood test for DUI suspects. Under the old rules, a suspect could refuse the test, but he or she faced a yearlong license suspension and stiffer penalties.

Rut had four other occupants in the vehicle during the stop, including the three children. The enhanced penalties for minors in the vehicle at the time of a felony DUI arrest went into effect June 7.

Rut remains in custody at the King County Jail on $530,000 bail.

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6 Responses to “Issaquah man with young children in vehicle arrested under revised DUI law”

  1. bryan on August 23rd, 2012 5:42 pm

    why do we hear about so many repeat dui offenders who are repeat dui offenders? the laws don’t seem to matter. a mandatory blood draw will not prevent this repeat offender from repeatedly offending! come on olympia – wakeup and make it IMPOSSIBLE for these repeat offenders from being a danger to everybody.

  2. kellyp on August 24th, 2012 9:47 am

    With four DUIs he should have been prevented from continuing to drive. Those are fellonies. It sounds like the prosecutor and judge have not been doing their jobs.

  3. Klaus Lankeit on August 24th, 2012 9:49 am

    The Mayor:
    The light for left turn lane from SR 900 to Gilman Blvd needs to be changed to allow more than 5 or 6 six cars through in the middle of the day. At times cars are backed up to the I-90 bridge. Secondly, you have added nothing but confusion when the left turn light comes on at different times.

    I would like to know what the two wooden sidewalks cost the tax payers and how much usage has been recorded.

    I would like to know how much the new concrete sidewalk crossing the I-90 bridge has cost the taxpayers and how much usauge has been recorded.

    I wonder if there could have been other alternatives to the above sidewalks.

  4. kellyp on August 24th, 2012 9:50 am

    Ohh. Maybe its time that the family members of the criminals prevent the criminals from driving illegally. Maybe we need to get the neighbors to do their responsible job of calling the police every time they see Wiyual Rut drive from his home. It takes a village.

  5. Felix medina lll on November 1st, 2012 4:38 pm

    After the 2nd offense should take his driver license for three years and make him ride bike instead of given him a 3500 lb weapon

  6. Felix medina lll on November 1st, 2012 4:56 pm

    Need to get him some help because kids are only ones who are going to pay for his mistakes and the tax payer also

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