A Belgrade man’s attempt to mask the odor of alcohol on his breath with cologne failed to fool officers who stopped him on suspicion of DUI near Belgrade on the night of May 8, according to court documents.

Authorities received a report of a possible drunk driver on Interstate 90 a little after 10 p.m. Shortly thereafter, a Montana Highway Patrol officer stopped a vehicle matching the description near the intersection of Sibley Lane and River Rock Road for making an improper turn. The trooper noted that the driver also was making jerky movements as he drove down the center of the roadway. A Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the scene about a minute later, where the Highway Patrol trooper told him he could smell a faint odor of alcohol mixed with the “masking” scent of cologne coming from the suspect’s vehicle. He also noticed that the 31-year-old driver driver had red, watery eyes.

Court records state that when the deputy took charge, he noticed the same things and administered a field sobriety test, which indicated that the driver was impaired. The driver refused to provide a breath sample at the scene, but he was taken into custody and transported to the Gallatin County Detention Center, where he agreed to take a breath test that registered 0.194. Because the reading was higher than 0.16, he was charged with Aggravated DUI and held on $1,085 bond.


Three Belgrade residents were arrested after a raid on their River Rock home by members of the Missouri River Drug Task Force on May 9, according to court documents.

Records state that the Task Force was assisting in a probation search at the home on Pebble Brook Lane, during which officers from various local, state and federal agencies found three baggies of suspected methamphetamine in the pockets of coats belonging to a 55-year-old man living in the home. Court documents state that he told a special agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that it was “all the meth I have.”

While they were in the home, officers searched the bedroom of the 30-year-old woman living in the home. There they discovered a rubberized container holding a black, tar-like substance believed to be heroin; another baggie of suspected methamphetmine; a number of small, plastic baggies; a small, digital scale; and $1,736 cash hidden under the mattress, according to court documents.

Meanwhile, a 59-year-old woman living in the home was arrested for violating the terms of her parole for misdemeanor possession of dangerous drugs. After being taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center, court records state that she was found to be carrying a 5 mg oxycodone hydrochloride pill without a proper container or documentation the prescription. She was charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs for unlawfully possessing a Class 2 drug.

The contents of all four baggies seized at the scene field-tested positive for methamphetamine. The man and the younger woman were taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center, where he was charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and she was charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute. All three defendants were held without bond.


An intoxicated pedestrian was taken into custody after he became belligerent with sheriff’s deputies who were trying to keep him from endangering himself after dark on Huffine Lane on May 9.

Earlier in the evening, according to court documents, law enforcement officials had received reports about a man walking in the travel lane south of Four Corners. A Montana Highway Patrol trooper and Gallatin County sheriff’s deputy had informed the man that “Intoxicated Pedestrian Walking” is illegal, as is standing in the shoulder of a roadway while intoxicated.

As midnight approached, a second sheriff’s deputy stopped the man, who was walking on the south side of Huffine Lane, headed east. That deputy gave the man a warning similar to the one he had been given earlier in the evening, and left the scene; however, after comparing notes with the officers who had interacted with the man earlier, the deputy stopped the man again about 10 minutes later when he saw him crossing Huffine east of Love Lane.

A verbal altercation ensued, during which the man argued with the deputy and used obscenities. Court documents state that the deputy noticed that the man’s speech was slurred and that his breath smelled strongly of alcohol. The deputy repeatedly offered to drive the man home so that he would be safe, but the man refused to provide his name and address.

The first deputy who had issued the man a warning arrived at the scene, and tried to explain the situation to the man in an unsuccessful attempt “to de-escalate the situation,” court records say. The man continued to refuse to give officers his name and address, so he was placed under arrest.

The 26-year-old Bozeman man was taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center, where he was charged as an intoxicated pedestrian and for obstructing a peace officer for refusing to reveal his identity. He was held on $420 bond.


A man with an active warrant for his arrest was taken into custody on Friday after breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s Belgrade home and threatening to kill her and her friend, according to court reports.

Belgrade police responded to the home on East Rosebud Street just after 2 a.m. on May 10, after a woman called authorities to report that her ex-boyfriend had broken a window, entered her home, and continued to break things while threatening to kill her. When officers arrived at the house, they saw a man matching the description given by the caller crossing the street in front of the home. Officers told the man they needed to talk to him, but he started to run away. Police caught the man after a short chase and handcuffed him.

Court documents say the man was bleeding from several small lacerations on his hand, and that his injuries appeared consistent with having punched a window. The man told police he didn’t feel well, so medics were called, and they transported him to Bozeman Deaconess for medical evaluation.

Belgrade police then interviewed the man’s ex-girfriend and her male visitor. They told them that the man had broken a window and entered the home, then punched the visitor repeatedly in the face. They said they were able to overpower him and escort him out the front door, but he re-entered the home through the broken window. The woman said that when she told the intruder she was going to call police, he took her phone. Police reports state that the phone was found on the intruder when they apprehended him.

The woman’s visitor told police that after the man re-entered the home, he took items from the woman’s bedroom. He said that he and some other people were able to throw the man out of the house a second time, while the woman called police from a phone that she borrowed.

After being medically cleared for the jail, the man was arrested on the outstanding warrant and taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center, where he was issued a citation for aggravated burglary.


A Bozeman man was arrested in Belgrade on May 9 and charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol, his fourth offense.

Court records state that Belgrade Police Officer Benjamin Caucutt stopped the vehicle driven by Johnny Lawrence, 40, near the intersection of Northern Pacific Avenue and Utah Street at about 11:20 p.m. for driving 35 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Caucutt’s report states that Lawrence appeared to being intoxicated, and admitted to having consumed alcohol earlier that night. Lawrence performed poorly on a field sobriety and preliminary breathalyzer tests.

Lawrence was transported to the Gallatin County Detention Center, where a second breathalyzer test registered his blood alcohol content at .129. His background check revealed three prior convictions for driving under the influence in Montana and California.

Lawrence was held at the jail with no bond on the felony charge and given a warning for speeding.


A 39-year-old Butte man was arrested and charged with felony possession of dangerous drugs after being stopped in Belgrade early Monday morning.

According to court reports, a Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy noticed expired license tabs on the vehicle the man was driving after took the Amsterdam Road exit from Interstate 90 at about 3:30 a.m. After confirming with dispatchers that the vehicle’s registration was expired, the deputy stopped the car at the Town Pump station on Business Hub Drive.

The driver of the car told the deputy that he was on his way to work in Sheridan, Wyo., from Helena. The officer noticed that he had constricted pupils, and appeared to be very nervous and fidgety, even after she told him that he would not be cited for the expired license. The man agreed that the deputy could search his vehicle, and among the items she found and seized were a white crystalline substance, a glass pipe with residue, and baggies containing traces of what would later test presumptively positive for methamphetamine. Court records state that the man admitted the methamphetamine was his.

The man was transported to the Gallatin County Detention Center, where he was charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs and held without bond.


A 20-year-old Bozeman man was charged and held without bond for felony sexual assaults that reportedly occurred in Belgrade more than a year ago.

A Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy questioned the man late last week after being notified by a reporting agency of the alleged incidents of sexual intercourse without consent. According to court documents, the man admitted to police that he had dated the girl and engaged in sexual activity with her on more than one occasion when she was 13 and 15 years old. At the time, according to court documents, the man was 18 and 20 years old.

Because the girl was under the age of 16 at the time of the incidents, she was legally unable to consent. Because the man was four years than older than she at the time of the alleged incidents, the charges against him carry significant penalties, including between four years and life imprisonment.

After being charged, the man was taken into custody and held without bond.


A Belgrade man was arrested Saturday after a domestic violence incident that occurred a couple of days prior, according to court documents.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputies first learned of the incident on the morning of May 9, after a woman called authorities while “crying hysterically” and saying that her boyfriend had put his hands on her throat all night. She told responding officers that her boyfriend had left for work, but she refused to tell them where that was.

The woman told officers that she and her boyfriend had been in domestic disputes on and off for three years. Police reports state that officers noticed the woman’s neck was red, but she refused to allow them to photograph her and denied that the previous night’s altercation had been physical. However, she told officers that she was afraid the verbal dispute would escalate to violence, which is why she called police.

Sheriff’s deputies took the woman to a safe place, and began searching for the man, but were unable to find him. When they returned to the home early Saturday morning, they found the man and began to question him. He angrily and profanely denied the charges, and said his accuser was a liar, according to court records.

The man was arrested the man for partner family member assault, his third offense, and issued a 72-hour no contact order. After reviewing audio tapes of the incident, the arresting officer added a citation for witness tampering and attempting to induce a witness to inform falsely, which was served upon him at the Gallatin County Detention Center.


A 23-year-old Townsend man was arrested for drunk driving after several witnesses reported an erratic driver on Interstate 90 near Belgrade at about 7:30 Sunday evening.

A responding Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the driver near mile marker 294, weaving back and forth between both lanes of traffic at 115 miles per hour, according to court documents. The man kept driving at that speed for about a mile and a half, even after the deputy turned on his lights and siren. The man finally slowed to about 75 mph, then stopped near the exit at mile market 298.

The man taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center, where he performed poorly on field sobriety tests administered there, according to court records. After the man refused to provide a breath sample, the deputy obtained permission to obtain blood samples, and took the man to Bozeman Health, where the blood was drawn.

The man was returned to the jail and charged with driving under the influence, second offense, and with speeding more than 31 mph over the posted limit. He was held on $1,285 bond.