Deputies: Man driving on suspended license had BAC of .382

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

NEW KINGMAN-BUTLER, Ariz. -- A Kingman man who was caught driving on a suspended license is facing a charge of aggravated DUI after test results showed his blood-alcohol content was more than four times the threshold to be considered legally drunk.

Deputies arrested Richard Lee Frisby Jr., 54, of Kingman, Friday night in the area of Roosevelt Street and Butler Avenue in New Kingman-Butler after stopping him for an undisclosed traffic violation.

Deputies discovered that Frisby was supposed to have an ignition interlock device on his vehicle for a previous DUI conviction. According to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Frisby said he did not have the device installed because he was planning to sell the car.

Records also indicated to deputies that Frisby's license had been suspended.

Deputies said they smelled alcohol on Frisby. When they asked about it, he told them he had consumed a fifth of vodka earlier. It was not clear how much time elapsed between when Frisby finished drinking and when he got behind the wheel.

Deputies took Frisby into custody after performing a field sobriety test. Results of a blood test performed at Mohave County Sheriff's Office put his BAC at 0.382 percent. A person who has a BAC of 0.08 percent is considered legally drunk.

Frisby was checked out by doctors and then booked into the Mohave County Jail without incident.

In Arizona, a person with a BAC of .08 is considered to be intoxicated. A BAC of 0.15 is considered extreme or aggravated DUI.

According to WebMD, a person with a BAC of 0.3 might experience tremors, memory loss and loss of consciousness. At 0.40, a person might slip into a coma or perhaps die.

Arizona has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the country.

All offenders, even first-time offenders, are required to install an ignition interlock device. The driver must blow into the device in order to start his or her vehicle. If the device detects alcohol, it locks the car's ignition.

The fact that Frisby was supposed to have an ignition interlock device indicates that Frisby has at least one prior DUI conviction on his records. Details, however, were not immediately available.

New Kingman-Butler is about 180 miles from Phoenix.