Man arrested in Oak Harbor on alleged fifth DUI

A 25-year-old former Whidbey Island man with four previous convictions for DUI was caught drinking and driving in Oak Harbor Sept. 9, court documents allege.

David M. Kolbach of Kent pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court Sept. 24 to felony driving under the influence, driving with a license revoked and operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device.

Oak Harbor Police Officer Patrick Horn pulled over a blue pickup on Kettle Street after the driver failed to stop for a stop sign and nearly hit a parked car, according to his report.

Horn spoke to the driver, Kolbach, who admitted that he didn’t have a license. In addition, Kolbach was supposed to have an ignition interlock device in his vehicle.

Horn arrested Kolbach, who acted and smelled intoxicated, the officer wrote. A drunken passenger in the car got out and walked home.

The officer conducted a preliminary breath test on Kolbach, who allegedly blew a 0.295, which is nearly four times the legal limit of 0.08 blood-alcohol content. He was taken to the hospital for a blood test.

Court documents indicate that Kolbach had previously been convicted of DUI four times. Under state law, a DUI becomes a felony if a person has four or more prior offenses within 10 years.

A judge set Kolbach’s bail at $100,000 during a Sept. 10 hearing.


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