Repeat DUI suspect released from Maricopa County jail on no bond

Posted at 10:57 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 02:08:29-04

The amount of money that Justin Reyes had to come up with to get out of jail was a surprise to both
Reyes and his father because he did not have to come up with any money at all.

The repeat DUI suspect was released on his own recognizance, not requiring any bond money, after an arrest in Tempe last weekend.

The suspect blew a .19, more than twice the legal limit, and his ignition interlock device was disabled at the time of his traffic stop, according to court documents.

The interlock, a device which is designed to prevent a car from starting if the driver has alcohol on his or her breath, was required in Reyes’ vehicle because of a previous DUI conviction.

“Before [my court appearance], I didn’t think I was going to get out,” Reyes said.

He expected a bond amount of approximately $3,500, which he would not have been able to pay, he said.

“Well, I like it,” Reyes said of Commissioner Paula Williams’ decision to not require a bond.

A spokesperson for the Maricopa County Superior Court said that Williams could not ethically comment on a pending case.

Had he made the decision, Reyes’ father said he would have been far harsher.

“I thought he wouldn’t get out, I thought they’d keep him,” the suspect’s father, Albert Reyes, said. “I wouldn’t have let him out.”

A review of suspects in jail Monday night facing the same charge as Reyes, aggravated DUI, showed a range of bonds-- one suspect was held on a $3,000 bond and another on a $4,500 bond.

Commissioner Williams revoked Reyes’ driving privileges pending his next court date and ordered him not to consume alcohol.