Phillips charged with three driving felonies in Little Falls

Gilbert Levi Phillips, 42, Little Falls, has been charged with one felony count each of first degree DWI-operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, first degree DWI – operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 within two hours and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. He was also charged with one gross misdemeanor count of driving after cancellation.

Little Falls police officers were dispatched July 27, to the scene of an accident where a Hummer, pulling out of a parking spot, was hit by a motorcycle.

The motorcycle driver, Phillips, was injured and bleeding. He allegedly left the scene of the accident and hid behind a garage on Second Street Northeast.

An ambulance was summoned after officers noted Phillips’ hands and clothing were bloody and his legs were scraped.

He allegedly told officers he was a passenger on the motorcycle and that he did not know the driver.

A breath test was administered which revealed an alcohol concentration of .126. According to the criminal complaint, Phillips was searched and marijuana was found.

Further investigation revealed the bike had been sold to him several months prior and that Phillips had not registered the bike. The license plate was also covered with blue tape.

An examination of Phillips’ driving record showed three prior convictions for driving under the influence in August 2010, June 2009 and February 2004. As a result of his multiple DWI convictions, Phillips has had his driving privileges canceled as inimical to public safety since Aug. 16, 2009.

Phillips has also been convicted of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle three times in January 2011, February 2004 and August 2002.

If convicted, Phillips faces a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment and/or a $14,000 fine.