Police: Repeat DUI offender arrested with open container moments after leaving liquor store

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SPRINGVILLE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A Utah County man is facing his third DUI charge within the last 10 years. 

On Wednesday, police were dispatched to a driver who was reportedly swerving and over-correcting on the road. According to a witness, Timothy McDonnell, 53, was seen arriving at the State Liquor store and threw away a clear bottle before entering the store. Police said McDonnell left the liquor store and started driving on State Road 89 towards Mapleton. 

An officer with the Springville Police Department pulled McDonnell over and said a strong odor of alcohol was detected from McDonnell’s vehicle. The officer performed field sobriety tests and observed several clues that determined McDonnell was not safe to drive. 

According to police, McDonnell told the officer that he had an open container in the vehicle and admitted to being an alcohol restricted driver, meaning he cannot legally operate a motor vehicle with any measurable or detectable amount of alcohol in his body. 

The officer said the open container was located near the front passenger seat. A breathalyzer test conducted on McDonnell which revealed his blood alcohol content was 0.172. 

McDonnell was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail for an open alcohol container in a vehicle, alcohol restricted drivers, failure to stay in one lane and felony DUI due to prior convictions within the past 10 years.

A records check revealed McDonnell was found guilty of DUI in December 2009 and April 2010. 

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