DUI habitual offender sentenced to 10 years

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MetroWest Report

Albaro Bustillos, 53, of Hudson, was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Thursday, May 4, after a jury found him guilty recently of his eighth DUI.

Bustillos received his first drunk driving charge in 1994. He has been convicted of similar charges over the past two decades in Westminster, in Commerce City, in Brighton and in Weld County.

In the latest case, a police officer found Bustillos parked in a traffic lane on Weld County Road 79 in Hudson in the early morning hours of March 12, 2016. He was sitting in the driver’s seat with his head down and later claimed he got lost while trying to find a party.

Bustillos told the officer he only had two beers prior to driving, but tests proved he was well above the legal limit with at .227 blood alcohol level.

Of his eight DUI convictions, this marks Bustillos’s fourth conviction with a blood alcohol level of 0.2 or higher.

“Not only is a .227 BAC past the point of drunk, it’s getting very close to the point of death,” said Michael Rourke, Weld County district attorney. “He should never be behind the wheel of a car again.”

The average drunk driver has driven drunk at least 80 times before his or her first arrest, according to the national Centers for Disease Control.