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Corvallis man facing felony DUI charge

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Joshua Lee Odowd mug shot

Joshua Lee Odowd

A Corvallis man is facing a felony charge of driving under the influence after being pulled over for driving without his headlights on.

Joshua Lee Odowd, 51, was charged with a felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol on Tuesday, Jan. 10 in Ravalli County Justice Court. Odowd had three previous DUI convictions. He is also facing two misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license and no insurance.

According to court documents, a Ravalli County Sheriff's Office deputy initiated a traffic stop shortly after 11 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 after he observed Odowd driving his vehicle down Main Street in Corvallis without his headlights on. Odowd was unable to provide proof of insurance and allegedly admitted his license was suspended for DUI. When asked for his registration, Odowd allegedly stared at the document in a confused manner and then returned it to the glove box without handing it over to the deputy.

The deputy observed that Odowd’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. He noted that Odowd’s speech was also slurred and his breath smelled strongly of alcohol.

Upon questioning, Odowd reportedly admitted that he had just left the Corvallis Tavern and had been there since around 11 a.m. that morning. He told the deputy he had “a little bit” to drink but did not elaborate any further.

Odowd refused to perform a standardized field test. Blood samples are currently being evaluated at the state crime lab.

Justice of the Peace Jennifer Ray set bail at $10,000.

Jessica Abell is the editor of the Ravalli Republic. 

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