Driving, Drinking, Speeding Gets Man Convicted Of Aggravated Dui

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Speeding? Check. Drinking? Check. Suspended license? Check.

A 25-year-old Valley man was convicted in a one-day trial by a Gila County jury for two counts of aggravated DUI for a speeding rampage on an ATV July 18, 2009, according to the Gila County Attorney’s Office.

Gila County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Bender stopped Andrew James Quick on Baker Ranch Road in Young for traveling 56 mph in a 25 mph zone on his ATV. Bender suspected Quick had been drinking and when he gave him a Breathalyzer test, his breath-alcohol content was .19 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent.

A records check also showed Quick’s license was suspended for DUI. With all this, Bender arrested Quick for aggravated DUI.

In a Globe courtroom on Dec. 16, deputy county attorneys Raymond Geiser and Kyle Mann prosecuted the case. Geiser said Bender’s investigation and the Arizona of Department of Public Safety’s criminalist Ron Skwartz’s explanation to the jury on the science of detecting and measuring breath-alcohol laid the groundwork for a successful prosecution. Quick did not testify during the trial.

Presiding Judge Peter Cahill will sentence Quick in Payson on Jan. 24.

Quick faces the possibility of 2.5 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC) and $4,000 in fines. If granted probation, he must serve no less than four months in ADOC.

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