A man who stopped his vehicle on Interstate 90 just east of Three Forks late Sunday night was booked into the Gallatin County Detention Center and charged with his first offense of driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to court documents, dispatchers received several reports of a vehicle parked in a westbound driving lane of the interstate shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday. When a Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy arrived to investigate, he discovered the driver of the car slumped over in his seat with his hand still on the gear shifter that showed the car was in reverse.

The driver was at first unresponsive when the deputy tried to rouse him, but shortly thereafter began to move. The deputy asked him to put the car in park. The 60-year-old man from Three Forks didn’t seem to know where the deputy was, and kept looking around to see where the voice was coming from. He then lifted his foot off the brake, and the car started to move backward while the driver was looking forward. He stopped the car and put it in park after the deputy yelled at him to do so, according to the report of the incident.

Once the car was stopped, the deputy opened the driver’s door and immediately noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The driver had red, watery eyes, slurred speech, and trouble answering questions. Three Forks ambulance personnel came to the scene to evaluate the man’s condition, and determined that his behavior was not due to a medical reason or caused by trauma.

The driver performed poorly on field sobriety tests, during which he urinated in his pants. He refused to provide a breath sample, though he did admit to having consumed alcohol that evening. The man was transported to the Gallatin County Detention Center and held on $685 bond.


A Missoula man who apparently over-imbibed on his 62nd birthday spent the night in the Gallatin County Detention Center after being arrested for driving under the influence near Belgrade Tuesday afternoon.

According to court records, the driver of an eastbound Chevrolet S-10 stopped abruptly on Interstate 90 after officers followed him with lights and sirens activated for about a mile between mile markers 298 and 299. The report states that the driver had been weaving between both lanes of traffic and randomly applying the brakes.

While Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputies were questioning the man, he leaned over the hood of a patrol car, refused to perform field sobriety tests, and fell asleep. Deputies noticed that the man’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, his breath smelled of alcohol, and that there were several empty beer cans in and around his vehicle.

The man was booked into the jail on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, third offense, and driving with a suspended license. Bond was set at $2,870.