Gcc Board Member Given 10 Days In Jail, A Fine For Dui

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Gila Community College school board member Larry Stephenson has pleaded guilty to drunk driving.

Stephenson, 66, will spend 10 days in jail and pay more than $1,800 in fines after his June 26 arrest in Payson.

Stephenson’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was more than twice the legal limit of .08, according to a police report.

Stephenson told officers he was driving home from the Valley and it was a stroke in 2006 that affected his balance and his driving.

Stephenson denied he had been drinking, but eventually admitted to consuming two glasses of wine earlier.

Officer Bryan Hoffman and Sgt. Donny Garvin pulled Stephenson over in the McDonald’s parking lot around 8:30 p.m. after several motorists called police reporting an erratic driver on northbound Highway 87.

One caller said Stephenson’s red Subaru was traveling considerably below the speed limit, with the driver weaving in and out of their lane.

Hoffman asked Stephenson if he had been driving erratically and “Stephenson quickly replied that it was due to his stroke,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman observed Stephenson’s eyes were bloodshot and watery.

Hoffman asked Stephenson to get out of his vehicle, but when he did, he nearly fell.

During several field sobriety tests, Stephenson lost his balance and at one time, officers had to catch him before he fell to the ground.

At the Payson police station, Stephenson blew a BAC of .122.

On Aug. 9, Stephenson pleaded guilty to DUI in a Payson magistrate courtroom.

Called for comment, Stephenson said he had none.

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