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.354 DUI suspect: ‘Not enough’ booze

A suspected drunken driver whose blood-alcohol content registered at .354 told police he hadn’t had enough to drink.

Donald J. Lafavor, 66, was driving southbound in a northbound lane on Argonne Road just north of Trent Avenue when a Washington State Patrol trooper spotted him about 1:22 a.m. on Sunday.

Trooper Darren Britton approached Lafavor in a fast food restaurant parking lot.

“I asked Lafavor how much he’d had to drink and his reply was ‘not enough,’” Britton said in a report. “He said he was going to go home and have more to drink.”

After registering a blood-alcohol content more than four times the legal limit for driving, “Lafavor commented to himself that he didn’t know how he got that high,” Britton wrote. “…He tried to convince me the cold medicine was why his blood alcohol level was so high.”

Lafavor, who has two previous drunken driving convictions, left jail Tuesday night after posting $7,500 bond for the driving charges and for a felony assault case connected to a confrontation with two Spokane County sheriff’s deputies. He did not answer a cell phone call seeking comment.

Lafavor was shot by the deputies several times and is charged with second-degree assault for allegedly pointing a gun at them.

Superior Court Judge Michael Price on Tuesday prohibited Lafavor from driving or consuming alcohol.


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