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Hamilton woman charged with criminal endangerment

Hamilton woman charged with criminal endangerment

Katrina Sue Barz

Katrina Sue Barz

A Hamilton woman faces a felony charge of criminal endangerment for allegedly nearly striking multiple vehicles while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Katrina Sue Barz, 31, appeared Monday before Ravalli County Justice Jennifer Ray on the felony charge and a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.

Barz was arrested on May 3 after a Montana Highway Patrol trooper received a report of an erratic driver on U.S. Highway 93.

The two reporting parties said the vehicle had crossed over the center line and almost struck multiple vehicles, according the charging papers.

After pulling Barz over, the trooper asked for her license, registration and insurance. She handed him her insurance card.

The trooper notice the odor of an alcoholic beverage and asked Barz how many drinks she had. She told him she had two Twisted Teas at a noon barbecue, but nothing more.

A second trooper later saw two empty Steel Reserve beer cans on the rear floorboard of her car.

Barz was unable to successfully complete the standardized field sobriety test. She refused to provide breath and blood samples.

Ray set bail at $2,500.


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