Two men with a total of eight convictions for driving under the influence were arrested on new DUI charges Monday in separate instances.
Jeffery Richard Rogers, 56, of Florence allegedly was traveling southbound in the northbound lane of traffic on Old Highway 93 in front of the Florence School at 4 p.m. Monday, according to court documents.
When Ravalli County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Monaco pulled Rogers over, the deputy “immediately observed an overwhelming odor of alcoholic beverage” coming from Rogers, who also had bloodshot and watery eyes. Monaco said Rogers’ speech was slow and slurred, and his movements were slow and deliberate.
After failing most of the standard field sobriety tests, Rogers provided a breath sample, with a blood-alcohol content of .158, which is almost double the legal driving limit of .o8.
Since Rogers had five prior DUI convictions — in 2011, 2009, 2005 and two in 2007 — he was charged with felony DUI, as well a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving.
About 2 1/2 hours later, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Gane was traveling southbound on Highway 93 near Hamilton when he observed a vehicle in front of him with an expired registration, driven by Kevin Cade Hakes.
Once he was pulled over, the 29-year-old Corvallis man allegedly acknowledged that he didn’t have a driver’s license or insurance, and wasn’t able to provide correct registration. He also hadn’t been wearing his seatbelt, and the trooper said he could smell alcohol on Hakes’ breath.
Hakes admitted to drinking a “Twisted Tea” about half an hour before driving, and later told the trooper he had a couple of Bud Lights earlier in the day, according to court documents.
While Hakes allegedly exhibited six out of six clues on the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, he performed well on the walk and stand, and on the one-leg turn test.
“Trooper Gane asked defendant if he was a regular drinker based on his performance on the walk and turn and one-leg stand tests despite having six out of six clues con the horizontal gaze nystagmus test,” Angela Wetzsteon, a deputy Ravalli County attorney, wrote in an affidavit. “Defendant stated that he didn’t drink as much as he used to but that he’s comfortable after having several drinks on board.”
His preliminary breath test show a .157 blood-alcohol content.
Since Hakes had three previous DUI convictions — in 2009, 2010, and 2010 —he was charged with felony DUI. He also was hit with misdemeanor charges of driving while his license was suspended or revoked; no insurance; expired registration; and failure to wear a seatbelt.
Both men were taken to the Ravalli County Detention Center, where they will be held without bond until their initial appearance.