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Darby man charged with felony DUI

Darby man charged with felony DUI

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A Darby man was charged with felony DUI after providing a breath sample three times the legal limit following a traffic stop Saturday.

Jack J. Jenkins, 49, appeared in Ravalli County Justice Court on the felony charge and four misdemeanors.

According to the charging affidavit, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper was parked on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 93 at about 7 p.m. when he saw Jenkins’ vehicle approaching him from behind.

While watching, the trooper saw the vehicle’s driver’s tires drift across a solid double line into the oncoming lane. As it passed the trooper’s vehicle, the vehicle drifted right and over the white fog line.

At the time, Jenkins was traveling 38 mph in a 25 mph zone, the affidavit said.

During the subsequent traffic stop, the affidavit said the trooper could smell the odor of alcoholic beverage and marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The trooper also noted there were open Coors beer containers on the vehicle’s front passenger floorboard.

Jenkins was not wearing a seat belt. The affidavit said he told the trooper that he never wears a seat belt and that he was born and raised in Darby.

The affidavit said Jenkins appeared confused and was unable to focus on what he and the trooper were talking about or what they were doing. He was also unable to provide proof of valid insurance.

Jenkins was unable to complete the field sobriety test.

A preliminary breath sample resulted in a .243 breath alcohol content. In Montana, a driver is considered impaired with a blood alcohol content of .08.

Jenkins has three prior DUI convictions in Montana in 1994, 1997 and 2003. He was also convicted of vehicular manslaughter in Idaho in 1998.

In addition to the felony, Jenkins was charged with misdemeanor counts of failure to have liability insurance, speeding, unlawful possession of an open alcoholic beverage and failure to wear a seat belt.

Ravalli County Justice Court set bail at $10,000.

In other Justice Court news:

Brianna Michelle Thompson, 23, of Missoula was charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thompson was arrested on April 3 after Hamilton police officers found her passed out in the Walgreens parking lot at 12.25 a.m. on April 3.

The charging affidavit said the officers found heroin in her vehicle during a wellness check.

Thompson allegedly told the officers she stopped at the Walgreens store to use the heroin because someone at the house where she was staying did not like syringes in the house.

Bailey set bail at $10,000.


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