Issaquah man first to face Washington's new DUI rules
August 23, 2012 · Updated 3:00 PM
An Issaquah man was recently arrested in the first known use of Washington state's revised Implied Consent Law for mandatory blood draws on on Felony DUI arrests.
The driver, Wiyual Rut, also faces enhanced penalties for having three children in the vehicle at the time of the stop.
On Aug. 19, just 18 days after the revised Implied Consent Law took effect in Washington, a King County trooper pulled Rut over for what would have previously been a standard DUI arrest.
Just before midnight a black Nissan Pathfinder was stopped on eastbound Interstate 90 for lane travel violations. Following an investigation for DUI, Rut was placed under arrest and a Special Evidence blood draw was performed.
Rut's driving record indicated he had four prior DUI convictions within the past 10 years, making this investigation for Felony DUI.
Under the old rules, Rut would have had the right to refuse the test, but would have lost his license for one year. The Aug. 1 revision of the Implied Consent Law allowed for a blood draw for Felony DUI without the consent of the suspect.
At the time of the stop Rut had four other occupants in the vehicle which included three children under 3.
The enhanced penalties for minors in the vehicle at the time of a Felony DUI arrest went into effect on June 7, 2012. The enhancement adds 12 months to the Felony-DUI sentence for each child.
Rut was booked into King County Jail and has been charged with Felony DUI, with notice of the three child enhancements.