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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.

Drunken driving suspect blows .354

A suspected drunken driver arrested in Spokane on Monday had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit for driving, according to court testimony.

Donald J. Lafavor, 66, blew a .354 and was booked into Spokane County Jail about 6:15 p.m. on Monday. Details on the time and place of his drunken driving stop were not immediately available.

At first appearances today, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price called Lafavor’s alcohol level “quite frankly, extraordinary.”

“I can’t believe that someone could be up and walking, let alone driving,” Price said.

Lafavor is scheduled for trial in January on second-degree assault charges for a confrontation with two Spokane County sheriff’s deputies last fall. Lafavor survived several gunshot wounds after deputies said he’d pointed a gun out the door at his East Broadway Avenue apartment after they knocked but didn’t identify themselves as law enforcement.

Lafavor was given a $2,500 bond for the drunken driving charge in District Court. Price set a new $5,000 bond in his assault case and prohibited him from driving or consuming alcohol if he leaves jail. Lafavor had already posted $10,000 bond last December.

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