A Vermillion man was sentenced June 21 to 10 years in the state penitentiary for his sixth DUI.

Kim Blake Gilkyson, 66, was pulled over May 9, 2019 at mile marker 4 on Interstate 29 at 12:11 a.m. by highway patrol. He had a blood alcohol content of .13 percent. Even though the ticket said “DUI third offense” it was later discovered that this was his sixth offense. The other offenses occurred March 25, 1997 (Clay County), October 21, 2004 (Union County), March 7, 2006 (Clay County), January 30, 2012 (Union County) and November 13, 2014 (Clay County).

A bond was set for $1,000 May 9 and Gilkyson was to complete a 24/7 program. Gilkyson failed to appear on May 19 and May 20 for his breath analysis.

On May 29, 2019, an arrest warrant was issued for felony failure to appear. Another warrant was issued June 24, 2019 for the same reason.

In 2020, he was incarcerated in the Meade County Detention Center in Sturgis, SD with charges of DUI, his seventh in the state.

In November, through his attorney, Jeffrey T. Myers, Gilkyson requested a motion for furlough to Carroll Institute in Sioux Falls for alcohol treatment on Dec. 1, 2020. He was still being held in Meade County. The condition on the request was that the warrants from Union County be addressed so Gilkyson could be released. He would be immediately returned to Meade County Detention Center upon the completion of treatment. Gilkyson was informed by Meade County officials, that if he did not complete the treatment program, they would charge him with Escape in the Second Degree. That charge was filed Jan. 11, 2021 stating that ‘on or about Dec. 15, 2020 committed the public offense of Escape in the Second Degree’. This means “that he did then and there escape by means of failure to return to custody following an assignment or temporary leave granted for a specific purpose or limited period.”

A warrant of arrest after indictment was sent out to all law enforcement officers in the state, issuing them permission to arrest Gilkyson at any time of the day or night, weekends or holidays and bring him before the Meade County court. He was arrested March 2, 2021, but taken to Union County as he still had charges there. Meade County dismissed the escape charge.

Along with his 10-year sentence, Gilkyson’s privilege to drive was revoked for three years. His sentence was stayed for two weeks or until Meade County’s file is resolved, whichever occurs first. He was sentenced to pay Meade County $116.50 in court costs, $85 for blood test and $50 for the DUI cost 10 years to the state penitentiary with credit of 254 days served.