23-year-old charged with felony DUI, adding to three prior DUI arrests

A 23-year-old with a history of driving while intoxicated was charged with felony DUI and driving with a suspended license in March, adding to her three prior DUI cases.

Dorinda James was stopped while driving about 10:30 p.m. March 1 after a Seattle police officer observed that she was impaired, according to court documents. James told the officer that she was headed to SeaTac Airport, but was driving the opposite direction from the airport in North Seattle when stopped.

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The charges allege that the defendant had slurred speech, was confused by simple requests and had extremely constricted pupils. James was also evaluated by a drug recognition officer.

The documents also state that James had previously admitted her drug of choice was not alcohol, but PCP, a hallucinogenic. She was booked into King County Jail for investigation of felony DUI and is being held on a $150,000 bail.

Suspects can be charged with felony DUI if they have at least three prior DUI cases within the last 10 years. She was arrested three times for DUI and has two convictions, court documents show. The third was amended to reckless driving.

In addition to DUI charges, James was on community custody for a recent robbery and had criminal and traffic history that includes a hit-and-run.

Prosecutors state in the court documents that they believe James is a “grave danger to the community who does not follow court orders.”

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