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Two Ravalli County men charged with felony DUI
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Two Ravalli County men charged with felony DUI

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Two Ravalli County men appeared Monday in justice court on charges of felony DUI.

Matthew Andrew McClune was arrested Sunday, Jan. 24 following a traffic stop at about 12:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 93 near Darby.

The charging affidavit said a sheriff’s deputy observed McClune’s vehicle traveling 89 mph in a 65 mph zone. The vehicle also only had one working headlight.

Upon making contact with McClune, the affidavit said the deputy noted that McClune was “moving slowly, appeared dazed, confused, incoherent and dilated pupils.” The deputy could also smell marijuana inside the vehicle.

The affidavit said McClune admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana a couple of hours before driving. He also told the deputy he had a suspended driver’s license.

McClune was unable to complete the field sobriety test. A preliminary breath test resulted in a .120 breath alcohol level. A second test at the detention center recorded a .107 breath alcohol level.

In Montana, a driver is considered impaired with a .08 blood alcohol level.

McClune has prior DUI convictions in Montana in 2015 and 2017 and one in California in 2014.

In addition to the felony DUI charge, McClune also faces misdemeanor counts of driving while license is suspended and speeding.

Ravalli County Justice Jim Bailey set bond at $10,000.

Keith Stacy Leonard, 48, of Victor was arrested on Friday, Jan. 22 after a sheriff’s lieutenant was dispatched to the Skalkaho Road and U.S. Highway 93 area in an “attempt to locate” a vehicle that reportedly was driving erratically, swerving and had no taillights. The caller said the vehicle had turned onto the side of the road near Gold Creek.

When the sheriff’s officer arrived in the area, he spotted Leonard’s vehicle pulling back onto U.S. Highway 93 and noted that it didn’t have taillights.

Following a traffic stop, the officer observed that Leonard smelled of alcoholic beverage, his eyes were red and watery and his speech slurred. When asked how much he had to drink, Leonard initially said denied drinking, but later stated he had a couple of beers earlier, the affidavit said.

Leonard told the officer he had bad knees and could not do any physical tests. He also said he would not do a breath test. The officer noted that when Leonard exited the vehicle, he was unable to stand without losing his balance and staggering.

After Leonard refused to do a breath test, the officer obtained a search warrant for a blood sample. That sample was taken at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital and sent to the Montana Crime Lab for processing.

Leonard has prior DUI convictions in Montana in 1997, 1998 and 2003. His driver’s license is suspended.

In addition to the felony DUI, Leonard was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving while license suspended or revoked.

Bailey set bond at $10,000.

In other Justice Court news:

• Heather Rose Johnson, 42, of Hamilton was charged with felony assault on a peace officer and misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, driving while license suspended or revoked and expired registration.

Johnson was arrested on Jan. 25 shortly before 1 a.m. after a convenience store employee reported a likely drunk driver had purchased beer in the store, according to the charging affidavit. A sheriff’s officer stopped Johnson as she was leaving the gas station.

The officer determined the vehicle’s registration was expired and Johnson’s Oregon driver’s license was suspended. The affidavit said the officer could smell alcoholic beverage and noticed “numerous empty cans of alcoholic beverage” on the floor of the woman’s vehicle.

Johnson was unable to complete the field sobriety test. The affidavit said Johnson agreed to provide a breath and a blood sample but then refused to complete both tests.

When arrested, Johnson allegedly tried to pull away from the officer and became verbally combative, said the affidavit. After being placed into the patrol vehicle, she put her legs out of the vehicle. When the officer attempted to push her legs back into the vehicle, she allegedly kicked him in the testicles.

In addition to the felony charge, Johnson also faces misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, driving while license was suspended and expired registration.

Bailey set bail at $2,000.

• Justin Allen Debeaord, 40, of Hamilton was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charging affidavit said Hamilton police allegedly discovered a small baggie of a white crystalline substance that a field test indicated was methamphetamine during a search of his apartment.

Bailey set bail at $5,000.

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