A 39-year-old Eagan man arrested for driving while intoxicated blew a .31 blood-alcohol level nearly 45 minutes after his arrest, according to Eagan police.
Armando Thomas Jimenez was charged with a felony, first-degree DWI following his arrest on Oct. 6. If convicted, Jimenez could face a maximum of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.
An Eagan police officer stopped Jimenez' car at 10:18 p.m. on Oct. 6 after running the vehicle's license plates and determining that the registered owner had a revoked driver's license, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Dakota County Attorney's Office.
During the traffic stop, the officer allegedly noticed that Jimenez' eyes were bloodshot and watery and smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Jimenez. The officer asked Jimenez to perform field sobriety tests and perform a preliminary breath test. The PBT indicated Jimenez had an alcohol concentration in excess of the legal limit, police say.
Jimenez was arrested and transported to the Eagan Police Department, where he submitted to another PBT. At that time, the test registered a blood-alcohol level of .31, police say.
In 2004, Jimenez was arrested for and convicted of a first-degree DUI. Jimenez, who is currently being held at Dakota County Jail, has an omnibus court hearing on Oct. 30. Jimenez bail has been set at $50,000.