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Utah driver with three DUI arrests in less than 45 hours to be sentenced

Published April 5, 2013 3:45 pm

Courts • Daniel Kropf pleaded guilty to two DUI charges, one a third-degree felony.
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A St. George man who was arrested for three DUIs in less than 45 hours last summer in Cache County will be sentenced April 29.

Daniel Kropf, 42, is facing up to 5 1/2 years of incarceration for the crimes. As part of a plea deal, Kropf pleaded guilty to two DUI charges, one as a third-degree felony and the other a class B misdemeanor. The third DUI charge was dropped as part of the deal, according to court documents.

Utah law makes a driver's third DUI a felony — but only after the driver's been convicted twice. Prosecutors had planned to hold three separate trials for Kropf, with one slated to start next week, but he took a plea deal on March 20.

On July 8, 2012, a Cache County sheriff's deputy pulled over Kropf at 1000 West and 1400 North, according to Logan police. Kropf was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs with his child and wife in the car. He was arrested and booked into jail.

He posted $2,390 bail.

The next night, a medical call brought police to the parking lot of a Super 8 Motel at 86 S. Main St. Officers found Kropf in an Escalade, impaired again, according to police. Kropf was arrested and booked into jail, where he again posted bail.

Twenty-four hours later, on July 10, a Logan officer responding to a call of a possibly drunken driver pulled Kropf over at 2500 North and Main Street, where the officer found Kropf under the influence.

Kropf has a long record of automobile offenses but no prior convictions of DUIs, according to court records.

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