Orcas man faces felony DUI
By SCOTT RASMUSSEN
March 23, 2009 · 5:32 PM
An Orcas Island man who caused the death of his younger brother while driving drunk 10 years ago will be back in court to stand trial on a charge of felony DUI.
On March 6, Michael Clarence Silvas, 43, pleaded innocent in San Juan County Superior Court to one count of felony DUI, a Class C felony. Bail was set at $5,000 and Silvas is slated to stand trial May 26.
If convicted, he would face up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.
Silvas was arrested Feb. 21 for DUI following a late-night traffic stop in the 300 block of Enchanted Forest Road. He was pulled over at about 11:30 p.m. for failing to use a turn signal.
According to authorities, Silvas failed a series of field sobriety tests at the scene and had a blood-alcohol level which was more than twice the legal after being taken into custody.
In 1999, Silvas pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide following a crash on Horseshoe Highway in which his younger brother, Matthew, 31 at the time, was thrown from their vehicle and died at the scene. Silvas, who, according to court documents, was intoxicated at the time of that crash, was pinned under the vehicle and seriously injured.
Silvas was sentenced to 31 months in prison as a result of the conviction. He was arrested for DUI six days after the 10-year anniversary of the fatal crash which claimed the life of his brother.Contact Islands Sounder Scott Rasmussen at email@example.com or (360) 378-5696.