Bellefonte man found guilty of third DUI

BELLEFONTE – A Bellefonte man was found guilty Tuesday of his third DUI, according to a press release from the Centre County district attorney’s office.

Thuong M. Nguyen, 40, was found guilty of one count of DUI: General Impairment – Incapable of Driving Safely, a misdemeanor; one count of DUI: High Rate, also a misdemeanor; and one count of Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic – Single Lane, a summary offense, according to the D.A.’s office. He was found not guilty of Careless Driving, also a summary offense. The Hon. Jonathan D. Grine presided over the non-jury trial.

According to the D.A.’s office: A Pennsylvania State Police trooper saw Nguyen driving on Route 550 West, varying his speed from the 45 mph speed limit to 30 mph and back up again, and crossing the center line about five times. The trooper stopped him and noticed a strong odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath as well as his bloodshot, glassy eyes. The driver admitted to drinking one beer, then later said he had had two and was on his way home from the bar.

After doing poorly on standard sobriety tests, Nguyen was arrested for DUI.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 8.