Laconia man charged with DWI for 2nd time in a week

LACONIA — A Union Avenue man was ordered held on $10,000 cash-only bail after he allegedly drove while under the influence of alcohol — seven days after a different arrest for the same thing.

Kenneth Brunelle 51, of 758 Union Avenue Apt. 1 is charged with one count of aggravated driving under the influence and breach of bail. On July 12, he was charged with driving while intoxicated, subsequent offense, while on Doris Ray Court at 2:44 p.m.

Police affidavita filed with circuit court said an officer responded to Bond Beach at 9:02 a.m Friday after getting a call reporting there was a Toyota Corolla with two people and one of them had just fallen. The caller reported the two may be intoxicated.

When the officer arrived, affidavits said she saw two people in a silver Corolla and recognized the operator as Brunelle. She said the key was in the ignition and the car was not running. She noted the hood was warm.

She said she smelled alcohol and Brunelle's speech was "slurred and slow."

Brunelle allegedly failed a field sobriety test and agreed to a portable blood test that showed his blood-alcohol content or BAC to reportedly be .23.

A BAC of .08 or more is considered legally intoxicated for driving purposes and a BAC of .16 or greater is considered to be aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Once at the police station, Brunelle allegedly consented to the Intoxilyzer 5000 test and had a blood-alcohol of .24.

Because Brunelle is on bail for the DWI arrest of July 12 and part of his bail conditions from July 12 are to not consume alcohol, he is also charged with breach of bail.

Affidavits indicated Brunelle has past convictions from criminal trespass, theft, resisting arrest, simple assault and driving under the influence. His DUI conviction is from 2006 and was in Laconia District Court.