Man pleads guilty to DUI charges

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— A 24-year-old Steamboat Springs man with a prior drunken-driving conviction pleaded guilty to his second and third drunken-driving offenses Wednesday in Routt County Court.

Travis Paul Self also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor motor vehicle theft.

"My client is expecting a significant jail sentence because of his second and third DUI convictions," said Erick Nordstrom, Self's attorney.

Self pleaded guilty to the charges after Nordstrom negotiated a plea agreement.

The District Attorney's Office agreed to dismiss a felony charge of motor vehicle theft and violation of a bail bond condition, which carries a mandatory six months in jail.

Self pleaded guilty to motor vehicle theft and to a drunken-driving charge for his actions the early morning hours of July 11.

Self took his sister's truck at about 4 a.m. from a residence in the 1700 block of Timothy Drive.

Self's sister reported her truck was stolen at about 4:30 a.m. As an officer was speaking with the woman, an intoxicated Self drove up in the vehicle.

He was arrested immediately.

The arrest was the second in as many months for the young man. The second drunken-driving conviction stems from the morning of May 4.

Self was arrested for drunken driving after he wrecked his 1996 blue Ford Ranger on County Road 33.

Self injured a knee in the accident where the truck took out about 94 feet of fence, a power pole and a telephone box.

For the motor vehicle theft, Self could be fined as much as $1,000 and spend one year in the Routt County Jail.

Drunken driving carries a jail term of between 90 days and one year in the county jail and a fine between $500 and $1,000.

Garrecht will sentence Self at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 15.

Prior to the sentencing hearing, Garrecht ordered that Self submit to an alcohol evaluation.

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