Tucson CEO convicted on felony drunk-driving charges

2013-02-06T16:35:00Z 2013-02-06T20:04:02Z Tucson CEO convicted on felony drunk-driving chargesArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 06, 2013 4:35 pm  • 

The CEO of a local high-tech company was convicted today of felony drunk-driving charges stemming from an arrest in 2009.

John M. Bourque, CEO of armor-plate maker Bourque Industries Inc., was convicted by a jury of aggravated driving under the influence with a revoked or suspended license, and aggravated DUI with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more, according to Pima County Superior Court officials.

He was taken into custody following the verdict, pending a sentencing hearing scheduled for March before Judge Richard D. Nichols.

Bourque may face an extended sentence of more than seven years as a repeat offender. He spent more than three years in state prison for aggravated DUI in 2002, state Department of Corrections records show.

Aggravated DUI, a felony, carries a sentence of up to 3½ years, fines of up to $150,000 plus surcharges and license revocation for at least three years. But felony defendants with prior felony convictions can face up to 7½ years in prison.

Bourque was arrested on suspicion of aggravated drunk driving on Sept. 23, 2009, after being pulled over for speeding in Tucson, court documents show.

Bourque Industries has developed tough, lightweight armor plate and other products based on a patented aluminum alloy, including a nationally certified body armor plate that has gained some national media attention, but sales have been sporadic.

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