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Rapid City man arrested twice for drunken driving in 3 hours

RAPID CITY (AP) -- A Rapid City man was arrested for driving drunk twice in a span of about three hours, in two different vehicles -- in part due to a mistake by police.

RAPID CITY (AP) - A Rapid City man was arrested for driving drunk twice in a span of about three hours, in two different vehicles - in part due to a mistake by police.

Officers first arrested James Buchholz, 37, early Wednesday after a hit-and-run incident involving his pickup truck. He was jailed but bonded out, and authorities say officers later found him sleeping in the driver's seat of another pickup truck pulled to the side of a road.

Police charged Buchholz with a misdemeanor after his first arrest, and his wife posted the $300 bond a half hour later. He should have been charged with a felony because he had prior DUI convictions. That would have kept him in jail until a judge set bond the next day.

The arresting officers were a training officer and a rookie officer, the Rapid City Journal reported.

"It wasn't a malicious mistake," Assistant Police Chief Don Hedrick said. "They just missed it."

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Buchholz was charged with a felony after his second arrest and held in jail until Thursday morning, when a judge set his bail at $10,000. He also was cited for careless driving and leaving the scene of the accident.

It was not immediately clear if Buchholz had an attorney. A woman who answered an Associated Press call to a telephone listing for his home on Friday said he did not live there. She declined to identify herself.

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