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Two Super Extreme DUIs in 11 Days

Within just an 11-day period, an Arizona driver was cited not once, but twice for DUI. A Tucson doctor was apparently arrested the first time on May 15 in Casa Grande after allegedly driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level of .265 percent. According to Tri Valley Central, the DUI suspect, Merilyn Goldschmid, was seen stumbling to her car in a Walmart parking lot and then hitting a curb when driving off.

Goldschmid was cited for DUI after a witness called police, but then just 11 days later on May 26, the suspect was in a car accident in the 1800 block of East Florence Boulevard. After the accident, police found that Goldschmid registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.270. Hence, she was cited for DUI, super extreme DUI, and failure to yield from a private drive.

Perhaps it's a good thing that Goldschmid no longer practices medicine in the state if she's has an issue with impairment. An executive director and spokeswoman for the Arizona Medical Board confirmed through Tri Valley Central that Goldschmid voluntarily canceled her license to practice medicine on Nov. 28, 2010, for unknown reasons.

A super extreme DUI conviction (BAC level above .20 percent) in Arizona carries, at minimum, a sentence of six months in jail, 90 day license suspension and the installation of an ignition interlock device for 18 months. FindLaw states that Arizona is currently only one of a handful of states to have this highest level of DUI charges. Being charged with multiple counts of extreme DUI can no doubt be bad news for the ex-physician Merilyn Goldschmid.

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