Man Pleads Guilty To Drunk Driving

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A Scottsdale man who swerved off Highway 87 then nearly collided head-on with several cars in June of 2013 will spend at least 10 days in jail after pleading guilty to drunk driving charges.

Nathan Bakken pled guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge after officers arrested him with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit, according to Gila County Attorney Bradley Beauchamp.

Deputy County Attorney Travis Shields, who prosecuted the case, said a retired Department of Public Safety officer spotted Bakken’s bright yellow Ford Escape speeding northbound on State Route 87.

The retired officer watched as Bakken’s vehicle ran off the road, collided with an embankment, swerved back across the roadway, nearly collided with oncoming traffic, then again left the roadway and finally came to rest in a rocky area. The retired officer found Bakken was uninjured and called 911.

DPS officers subsequently investigated Bakken for driving under the influence and determined he was drunk, giving breath samples with readings of .205 percent and .196 percent. Bakken was sentenced to 30 days in jail, of which he must serve at least 10, and attend state-mandated alcohol counseling.

DPS Officer Seth Meeske conducted the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Bakken.

Meeske is the DPS officer who was recently shot three times during a routine traffic stop, but who is now recovering from his wounds.

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