Wyoming: Veteran DUI driver Rudy Isla-Mejico faces long stretch in prison for DUI fatal, killed Bob Arndt

Veteran DUI driver Rudy Isla-Mejico faces long stretch in prison for DUI fatal, killed Bob Arndt

From Jackson Hole News & Guide

Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico, 41, of Driggs, Idaho DUI aggravated vehicular homicide July 1, 2017, Teton County Sheriff WY

The man police say was driving drunk and hit and killed 53-year-old Jackson resident Bob Arndt appeared in Teton County Circuit Court again Thursday afternoon.

Judge James Radda told Rudy Isla-Mejico, 41, to hire his own attorney before next Thursday when his preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place.

“I encourage you to hire an attorney before that date,” Radda said. “You can always requalify for the public defender. But based on what you testified on Monday, you don’t qualify.”

When asked if he would be able to hire an attorney, Isla-Mejico said yes.

“Pretty soon,” Isla-Mejico said in court through a translator. “I had an interview with my attorney this morning. I don’t know when exactly he’s going to come into court but I’ll talk to him.”

Isla-Mejico was charged with vehicular homicide June 30 after the Dodge pickup he was driving collided head-on with Arndt’s car, police said.

“Isla-Mejico stated he had consumed two beers,” court documents state. “Deputy [Bradley] Goering noted that Isla-Mejico’s eyes were red and that he swayed while standing.”

Investigators found open containers of tequila and beer in his truck, according to documents.

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Robert “Bob” Arndt, 53, was killed by repeat offender DUI driver Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico on June 30, 2017

 Robert “Bob” Arndt, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene

From Planet Jackson Hole

JACKSON HOLE, WY – The investigation into the collision that killed Robert (Bob) Sumner Arndt is ongoing, but many are already feeling his absence.

“He had so much promise, so much left to give. It feels like such a loss to our community,” said friend Andy Heffron, a local farmer.

Arndt was involved in a head-on collision while driving east on Highway 22 Friday night. His Porsche was hit by the driver of a pickup headed west reportedly driving in the wrong lane without headlights.

Wyoming Highway Patrol identified Rudy Isla-Mejico, of Driggs, Idaho, as the driver of the pickup. He is being held in Teton County jail on two felony charges, aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated assault and battery, and four misdemeanors including open container, driving without headlights and driving in the wrong lane. A vehicular homicide charge, state trooper Justin Gardner explained, determines that the drivers’ actions “caused the death of another person.”

“Him being drunk, driving down the road with his headlights off, had he not done that the other person would probably be alive today,” Gardner said.   MORE

Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched to the scene at 2:12 a.m.

They determined a 2007 sport utility vehicle was traveling eastbound on Wyoming Highway 22 behind a Porche driven by Arndt.

A pickup, without its headlights on, was traveling west in the eastbound lane of the highway.

Arndt did not see the pickup and a head-on collision occurred.

After the collision, the pickup began sliding off the south shoulder of the highway.

The SUV driver tried to take evasive action and turn his vehicle to the right but collided with the passenger side of the pickup.

Troopers identified the pickup driver as Rudy Isla-Mejico. He was arrested and is facing criminal charges for driving while under the influence and aggravated vehicular homicide.

Idaho Courts Case History

Cases for:   Isla-mejico, Rudy H ( for Isla-Mejico, Rudy Henry)
Blaine County, Idaho
27  Cases Found.
The State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2011-0004849  Magistrate  Judge: R. Ted Israel  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
12/16/2011 Original: I18-8001(3) {M} Driving Without Privileges
Amended: I18-8001(4) {M}{2} Driving Without Privileges-(Second Offense)
Officer:  RODRIGUEZ(BMO), R, 5000
29255 Misdemeanor
Misdemeanor
Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 04/25/2012
Fines/fees: $402.50
Jail: 180 days
Suspended Jail: 160 days
Credited time (Yes): 4 days
12/16/2011 I49-331(1) Drivers License-Possession of Mutilated, Altered or Revoked, etc.
Officer:  RODRIGUEZ(BMO), R, 5000
29255 Misdemeanor Finding: Dismissed on Motion of Prosecutor
Disposition date: 04/25/2012
Fines/fees: $0.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2011-0001845  Magistrate  Judge: R. Ted Israel  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
05/05/2011 I18-8001(3) {M} Driving Without Privileges
Officer:  ATIENZA (BCS) K21,, 1000
23133 Misdemeanor Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 07/25/2011
Fines/fees: $408.50
Jail: 90 days
Suspended Jail: 88 days

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2010-0004154  Magistrate  Judge: R. Ted Israel  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
10/30/2010 I18-8004 {M} Driving Under the Influence
Officer:  ATIENZA(KPD-21), Tony, 3000
23444 Misdemeanor Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 01/10/2011
Fines/fees: $1,264.50
Jail: 180 days
Suspended Jail: 175 days
Credited time (Yes): 1 day
10/30/2010 I23-505 Alcoholic Beverage-Unlawful Transport or Open Container Violation
Officer:  ATIENZA(KPD-21), Tony, 3000
23444 Misdemeanor Finding: Dismissed on Motion of Prosecutor
Disposition date: 01/10/2011
Fines/fees: $0.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2007-0002706  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
08/23/2007 I49-673 Safety Restraint-fail To Use
Officer:  IDAHO STATE POLICE,, 6000
1309379 Infraction Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 09/19/2007
Fines/fees: $10.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2007-0001514  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
05/17/2007 I49-1232 Insurance-fail To Provide Proof Of Insurance 
Officer:  PHARIS, Shelly, 2000
23549 Infraction Finding: Dismissed By Prosecutor
Disposition date: 05/24/2007
Fines/fees: $0.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2006-0002825  Magistrate  Judge: R. Ted Israel  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
08/12/2006 Original: I49-1301 Accident-fail Stop Damage Accident/leave Scene
Amended: I49-1304 Accident-fail Notify Upon Striking Fixtures On Hwy
Officer:  Osterhout, Scott BMO, 5000
3884 Misdemeanor
Misdemeanor
Finding: Case Type Transfer
Disposition date: 11/28/2006
Fines/fees: $224.50
Jail: 10 days
Suspended Jail: 10 days

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2005-0003509  Magistrate  Judge: Mark Ingram  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
12/07/2005 I49-1428 Insurance-operate Mv Without Liability Insurance
Officer:  Taylor (bcs-156), Ron, 1000
21671 Infraction Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 01/09/2006
Fines/fees: $116.50

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2004-0000056  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
12/31/2003 I49-1232 Insurance-fail To Provide Proof Of Insurance
Officer:  DANILSON-kpd-k3, Forrest, 3000
16018 Infraction Finding: Dismissed By Prosecutor
Disposition date: 01/16/2004
Fines/fees: $0.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2003-0014680  Magistrate  Judge: R. Ted Israel  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
04/13/2003 I18-7034 Unlawful Entry
Officer:  OLSEN Svpd4300, TRAVIS, 4000
45648 Misdemeanor Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 05/05/2003
Fines/fees: $213.50
Jail: 6 months
Suspended Jail: 26 days, 5 months

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2003-0014377  Magistrate  Judge: R. Ted Israel  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
01/10/2003 Original: I18-8001 Driving Without Privileges
Amended: I49-301 Drivers License-fail To Purchase/invalid
Officer:  KASSNER-kpd-1, DAVE, 3000
16091 Misdemeanor
Misdemeanor
Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 04/25/2003
Fines/fees: $132.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2002-0016217  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
05/03/2002 I49-1232 Insurance-fail To Provide Proof Of Insurance
Officer:  CORNELSON (k-11), Justin, 3000
17551 Infraction Finding: Dismissed By Court
Disposition date: 05/13/2002
Fines/fees: $0.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2002-0016864  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
02/26/2002 I49-657 Speed-exceed Construction Danger Zone Speed Limit
Officer:  FRUEHLING-BCS(151), WILL, 1000
19474 Infraction Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 03/11/2002
Fines/fees: $82.50

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2000-0011302  Magistrate  Judge: R. Ted Israel  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
09/10/2000 I18-8004 {M} Driving Under The Influence 
Officer:  Smyth (bmo 3300), Scott, 5000
9452 Misdemeanor Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 01/26/2001
Fines/fees: $578.50
Jail: 6 months
Suspended Jail: 23 days, 5 months

In The Matter Of The Suspension Of The Drivers License Of Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico , Subject
Case: CV-2000-0002271 Magistrate  Filed: 09/15/2000  Subtype: BAC Drivers License Suspension  Judge: R. Ted Israel  Status: Closed  10/10/2000
Subjects: Isla-Mejico, Rudy Henry

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2000-0014123  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
08/16/2000 I49-654(2) Speed-exceed Maximum Speed Limit
Officer:  Lykins/kpd,, 3000
13863 Infraction Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 09/01/2000
Fines/fees: $53.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2000-0010758  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
05/09/2000 Original: I18-8001 {M} Driving Without Privileges
Amended: I49-301 Drivers License-fail To Purchase/invalid
Officer:  BELLEVUE MARSHALL,, 5000
9752 Misdemeanor
Misdemeanor
Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 11/17/2000
Fines/fees: $0.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2000-0012348  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
05/09/2000 I49-654(2) Speed-exceed Maximum Speed Limit
Officer:  England (bmo 3200), Steve, 5000
9751 Infraction Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 05/19/2000
Fines/fees: $53.00
05/09/2000 I49-1428 Insurance-operate Mv Without Liability Insurance
Officer:  England (bmo 3200), Steve, 5000
9751 Infraction Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 05/19/2000
Fines/fees: $107.50

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2000-0010394  Magistrate  Judge: R. Ted Israel  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
02/18/2000 Original: I18-8001 {M} Driving Without Privileges
Amended: I49-301 Drivers License-fail To Purchase/invalid
Officer:  CORNELSON (k-11), Justin, 3000
12717 Misdemeanor
Misdemeanor
Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 05/23/2000
Fines/fees: $456.00
02/18/2000 Original: I49-301 Drivers License-fail To Purchase/invalid
Amended: I49-316 Drivers License-fail To Carry On Person
Officer:  CORNELSON (k-11), Justin, 3000
12717 Misdemeanor
Misdemeanor
Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 05/23/2000
Fines/fees: $63.50

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2000-0012743  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
02/18/2000 I49-1232 Insurance-fail To Provide Proof Of Insurance
Officer:  CORNELSON (k-11), Justin, 3000
12718 Infraction Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 06/02/2000
Fines/fees: $107.50

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-1999-0012779  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
12/26/1999 I49-301 Drivers License-fail To Purchase/invalid
Officer:  Santucci-hpd/103, Ron, 2000
12113 Misdemeanor Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 01/14/2000
Fines/fees: $132.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-1999-0014946  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
11/25/1999 I49-1229 Insurance-fail To Maintain Liability Insurance
Officer:  Halverson-bcs/255, Greg, 1000
17160 Infraction Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 12/03/1999
Fines/fees: $107.50

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-1999-0014860  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
11/25/1999 I49-301 Drivers License-fail To Purchase/invalid
Officer:  Halverson-bcs/255, Greg, 1000
17059 Misdemeanor Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 12/03/1999
Fines/fees: $132.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-1999-0014747  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
11/16/1999 I49-301 Drivers License-fail To Purchase/invalid
Officer:  Gregg (bcs-162), Rod, 1000
16860 Misdemeanor Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 11/23/1999
Fines/fees: $132.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-1999-0014742  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
10/11/1999 I49-301 Drivers License-fail To Purchase/invalid
Officer:  Gregg (bcs-162), Rod, 1000
16853 Misdemeanor Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 10/15/1999
Fines/fees: $132.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-1999-0014741  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
10/11/1999 I49-654(2) Speed-exceed Maximum Speed Limit
Officer:  Gregg (bcs-162), Rod, 1000
16852 Infraction Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 10/21/1999
Fines/fees: $53.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-1998-0007634  Magistrate  Judge: R. Ted Israel  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
04/07/1998 I36-901 Fish-unlawful Method,means,place,time,amt,possess
Officer:  OLSON, Roger, 7000
17474 Misdemeanor Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 04/20/1998
Fines/fees: $97.00

State of Idaho vs. Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-1997-0011945  Magistrate  Judge: Magistrate Court Clerk  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
12/25/1997 I49-301 Drivers License-fail To Purchase/invalid
Officer:  MILLER(bsc-160), CURTIS, 1000
13934 Misdemeanor Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 01/08/1998
Fines/fees: $132.00

Teton County Sheriff DUI arrests for July 8, 2017

Hannah Faye Guear, 37, of Jackson, Wyoming DUI arrested June 20, 2017, Teton County Sheriff

Rudy Henry Isla-Mejico, 41, of Driggs, Idaho DUI aggravated vehicular homicide July 1, 2017, Teton County Sheriff WY

CORY JAMES ROGAN, 25, of Jackson, Wyoming, DUI Teton County Sheriff arrested July 5, 2017

 

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