Robert Castle Qualifies for a Washington State Felony DUI

By Garth O'Brien | January 6, 2008 
Filed Under DUI News

Seattle DUI

*** UPDATE *** January 6, 2008

Earlier reports were incorrect. Robert Castle only has two DUI citations in the last decade. In order to qualify for the Washington State felony DUI law a suspect must have 5 convictions within the past 10 years. Castle does not qualify. It is very difficult to collect 5 DUI convictions in 10 years. This law needs to be fixed as soon as possible.

Seattle, Washington – December 29, 2007. Robert Castle loves drinking alcohol. Robert also loves driving while he is drunk as evident of his fifteen (15) DUI arrests. However, the State of Washington does not love individuals that drink and drive. Washington now has a felony DUI law, and Robert qualifies as he has 5 DUI convictions within the last 10 years.

When Robert Castle is busted for DUI the police must earn the arrest. Robert probably has been in jail and alcohol treatment a lot, and most likely does not like either. He knows when he is busted for DUI he must do both jail and treatment.

So last Saturday night Robert is cruising around with a buddy in the passenger seat. As Robert was getting off of Interstate 5 he rammed another vehicle with his pickup truck. Robert Castle did not want to face the consequences, so he drove away from the accident scene. Rob did not get very far until police corralled him.

As the officers approached Castle’s vehicle, Castle exited his car and started to fight. Fighting armed sober people is not a good idea when you are completely hammered. Robert was tasered and lost the fight. < Check this out if you want to see a drunk guy getting tasered >

Robert was booked into the King County Jail and most likely will face the following criminal charges: DUI, Hit and Run Attended and Driving While Licensed Suspended. Robert also has a few outstanding warrants for eluding and a previous DUI.

The day before this event Robert Castle had a date at the Seattle Municipal Court for a prior DUI. He decided not to attend court. Shockingly, the municipal judge only imposed a $10,000 arrest warrant. As of Friday this guy had 14 previous DUI arrests. Only a $10,000 warrant? I would have imposed at least $500,000 and directed the Seattle Police to immediately track this menace down and drag him to my court.

Anyone wondering why Robert’s friend did not drive that night? Well during the police stop the passenger opened the pickup door and fell out of the truck and injured himself. He was very drunk. Winner.

Robert I hope you become a long-time resident of Walla Walla or Monroe.

DUI Blog Comments

5 Responses to “Robert Castle Qualifies for a Washington State Felony DUI”

  1. kat on January 4th, 2008 10:31 pm

    ha ha ha thats my new father in law. what a winner

  2. KCActivist on January 27th, 2008 7:29 pm

    There is a bill in Oly, HB 1191 that would make it a felony for the 3rd DUI in 7 years. Does anyone know if Castle would have been charged with a felony if that were the law or would that also be a wash out? Get rid of the stupid time limit I say!

  3. Garth O'Brien on January 28th, 2008 8:38 am

    KCActivist,

    Good question. That would take some legal research and legal advice. I try to limit what I write about on this blog as I am not actively practicing. I am “Of Counsel” with a firm and my referrals are sent to that firm. While I will provide legal consultation for my referrals I leave the heavy duty research to active attorneys. I will see if they know the answer. Thanks for commenting again.

  4. Daryl on May 8th, 2008 10:56 am

    Since March 1997, Robert Castle has been convicted of 4 DUI’s and another DUI was reduced to physical control!! So if the state says 5 Dui’s in 10 years makes the 5th a felony, he may qualify for the pending DUI from Dec. 2007 as a felony but if they get technical about the dates, and go back 10 years to Dec 1997, the two 1997 Dui’s won’t count. Who knows but this guy does not take his drinking and driving seriously and he does not accept treatment because he drinks while in treatment decieving his way through until he gets caught. Not having a drivers license doesn’t matter to him. I know Mr. Castle and know what he does in relation to his drinking. He will never learn from his mistakes and I guarantee once he gets out of this mess, he will drink again and drive!!!!!! But the bottom line is, he needs to not drive while he choose’s to drink because one day he will kill someone-then what??? Maybe a term in prison will wake him up because all the time he has spent in county jails has not!!!

  5. KCActivist on May 10th, 2008 6:12 pm

    This felony law is not nearly enough to get these people off the road. In Kitsap Co., since the felony DUI law went into effect there have been 8 convictions and 2 still pending. One of those has a prior Veh.Hom and 4 have prior Veh.Assaults!! However there have been many with 6 plus DUI who have not been charged with the felony because of the 10 year wash out. The worst of the worst of the worst are getting away. Those that do wash out end up spending a year or so in jail but its not enough. Over here we are seeing some very high bails ($100,000 plus) for these people and that is good. Also I learned that prosecutors have to PROOVE that the prior DUIs actually are there, which can be a nightmare to track in King Co. where there are so many municipalities. I was told recently that King Co. has only 2 felony DUI convictions so far. Someone please correct me if thats wrong. Anyway it is clear that the law is in desperate need of a fix. First off – Get rid of the 10 year limit. If a person hasn’t learned in their lifetime after 4 DUIs, then they are an extreme danger to all of us and need serious incarceration. They will kill someone and that is not acceptable. This is an election year for many of our lawmakers and DUI, Veh.Hom/Assault, does not seem to be on anyones radar. Why is that? Maybe Robert Castle should be sentenced to live with our legislators and he can drive them around, starting with Adam Kline.