A man faces a felony charge for driving while intoxicated after Kodiak police officers allegedly observed him swerving wildly on Mill Bay Road. 

Riley Spence was arrested on the evening of Feb. 23. His DWI charge is a felony charge, which is more serious because he has been charged with two DWIs in the past 10 years, court documents said. 

Around 11 p.m, the night of Feb 23, Kodiak police allegedly saw a yellow truck pull out of the Safeway parking lot and turn right on Mill Bay Road. According to the documents, officers observed the truck swerve into the left lane, then back into the right lane, hitting the curb. 

Officers reported that the truck then swerved again into the opposite lane, then back into the right lane and hit the curb again. 

Officers then pulled the truck over. Spence was later identified as the driver. 

When conducting the traffic stop, an officer said he noticed a smell of alcohol in the truck and that Spence had red, watery eyes and slurred speech. The officer also said he noticed Spence had poor dexterity. 

He asked Spence if he’d been drinking and Spence allegedly said no, but later said he’d had two shots of Grey Goose vodka. 

Officers performed the horizontal gaze nystagmus test on Spence, which is a field sobriety test where the subject must follow an object as it moves horizontally across their field of vision. 

Spence allegedly failed the test. Officers transported him to the Kodiak Jail, where he took a breath test. Spence tested for 0.201. The legal limit to drive is 0.08.  A background check revealed that Spence had two convictions for DWI in Oregon. One was in 2012 and the other in 2017. 

A felony DWI conviction carries a minimum fine of $10,000 and 120 days of imprisonment. 

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