Caldwell man sentenced for sixth lifetime DUI

Roy D. Rico, age 38, of Caldwell, was sentenced by Honorable Thomas W. Whitney.

The Canyon County Prosecutor announced that a Caldwell man was sentenced for the felony crime of Driving Under the Influence.

According to the prosecutor, the charge was his fourth felony DUI and sixth lifetime DUI.

Roy D. Rico, age 38, of Caldwell, was sentenced to six years fixed, followed by 24 years indeterminate, for a total unified sentence of 30 years in prison. by Judge Thomas W. Whitney.

The prosecution asked for a life sentence arguing that the way to protect the community from Rico was to incarcerate him as he is a serial DUI offender.

Rico was also ordered to pay court costs and reimbursement costs to his public defender.

Rico was arrested in November of 2017 after he ran a stop sign at Homedale and Montana Road when the prosecutor says he almost struck a car with a father and his three teenage children inside. Officers arrived on scene and Rico attempted to flee by jumping out of the passenger side door and ran to a nearby home. Once detained, an officer says they noticed that Rico had difficulty walking, slurred speech, and smelled like alcohol. An open bottle of beer was found on the floor of Rico's vehicle.

According to the prosecutor, an attempted field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test were refused by Rico, and a warrant was obtained for a blood draw, which showed he had a blood alcohol content of .255.

The prosecutor says Rico was on probation at the time of his arrest for a prior felony DUI conviction in 2015. A blood draw taken in the 2015 DUI showed Rico had a blood alcohol content of .317 at the time of his arrest. Rico also had felony DUI convictions in 2011 and 2004, as well as misdemeanor DUI convictions in 2002 and 2001.

“Impaired driving a significant risk to public safety that can often have a ripple effect across the community,” said Deputy Prosecutor Ingrid Batey. “Mr. Rico is extremely lucky he hasn’t hurt or killed someone over the years. There is no doubt that he belongs in prison for an extensive period of time.”

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