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Robbie Anderson

A Stevensville man was charged with a fourth DUI following a short chase that began after an officer spotted an SUV speeding through a grocery store parking lot.

Robbie Lamar Anderson, 58, appeared Thursday before Ravalli County Justice Jim Bailey on the felony DUI count and misdemeanor charges of driving while license revoked or suspended, failure to wear a seat belt, stop sign violation and failure to signal intention to turn.

According to an affidavit filed by Ravalli County Deputy Attorney Angela Wetzsteon, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper first noticed Anderson’s Ford Expedition speeding through the Super One lot in Stevensville about 8:45 p.m. June 6.

The trooper followed and saw the SUV leave the lot and head west in the eastbound lane. Anderson allegedly then turned onto Highway 93, crossed both lanes of traffic and entered the turn lane.

The trooper turned on his emergency lights, but Anderson did not stop. He turned again onto the frontage road and crossed the center line. Eventually he turned into his residence by driving over the curb.

The affidavit said Anderson parked the Expedition and tried to get out, but the officer instructed him to remain inside.

The trooper asked Anderson if he had his license and insurance card. Anderson said no as he attempted to get out of the SUV again. This time, the affidavit said Anderson put his hands behind his back. When the trooper asked him what he was doing, Anderson replied, “You’re going to arrest me.”

He told the trooper he did not have a driver’s license. The trooper could smell alcohol.

The trooper once again asked Anderson for his paperwork. Anderson reached back in the Expedition and began looking through different papers. At one point, the trooper pointed out that Anderson was holding his insurance card.

The affidavit said it was clear that Anderson was having a difficult time following the conversation.

Anderson claimed to be disabled and refused to do any field sobriety tests. He also refused to do a blood test. After receiving a warrant, Anderson’s blood was drawn and sent for testing at the Montana State Crime Lab.

Anderson has prior DUIs in Montana in 2002 and two in 1984.

Bailey set bond at $10,000.


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Reporter for The Ravalli Republic.