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James Kelley

A Victor man who apparently really wanted to sell his car to a local recycling business was arrested Thursday and charged for the sixth time with driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to court documents, employees of Modern Recycling on Highway 93 called the sheriff’s office three times between 1 and 3 p.m. to report an impaired driver. When the third report came in, dispatchers were told that an employee had seized the keys from the driver this time in an effort to keep him from leaving.

Cpl. James Niemeir was told when he arrived that James Rodney Kelley, 57, was the driver.

“When asked, defendant admitted to trying to sell his vehicle to Modern Recycling, but denied driving the vehicle,” Thorin Geist, a deputy Ravalli County attorney, wrote in an affidavit.

Kelley declined to do any field sobriety tests or submit a breath sample, but his eyes were red and watery, his speech was slow and slurred, and he allegedly smelled like alcohol. An almost empty bottle of vodka was tucked into his coat jacket.

Kelley had five prior DUI convictions, dating back to 1986, with the most recent in 2000.

He was arrested on a felony DUI charge, and misdemeanor driving while his license was suspended or revoked. He remains jailed pending a $10,000 bond.