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Stevensville man charged with sixth DUI

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A Stevensville man who allegedly drove with alcohol levels nearly three times the legal limit faces a sixth felony DUI charge.

Thomas Edward Shunkwiler, 66, appeared Tuesday in Ravalli County Justice Court.

Shunkwiler was arrested shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday when law enforcement received a report that he was attempting to drive home after people at the bar where he had been drinking told him not to leave because he was highly intoxicated, according to the charging affidavit.

A sheriff’s officer located Shunkwiler in his vehicle on Mission Street in Stevensville. It was was running and had its lights on.

Shunkwiler admitted to being at the bar and that he had consumed six margaritas, the affidavit said. When the officer asked Shunkwiler if he thought he should be driving based on his level of intoxication, he replied “no.”

A preliminary breath sample resulted in a .221 blood alcohol content, the affidavit said. In Montana, a driver is considered impaired with a .08 blood alcohol content. A breath sample at the detention center in Hamilton was .180.

Shunkwiler has prior DUI convictions in Montana in 1986, 1990, 2004, 2011 and 2014.

Ravalli County Justice Jennifer Ray set bond at $10,000.

In other justice court news:

James Duane Adams, 63, of Corvallis, was charged with two counts of felony possession of drugs, including methamphetamine and hydrocodone. He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Adams was arrested Sept. 4 after he passed out and was transported to the hospital by ambulance, an affidavit said. Family members called Ravalli County 911 to report they had discovered illegal drugs on the floor near where Adams had been found.

A deputy recovered multiple baggies of a white crystalline substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine and a hydrocodone prescription pill not prescribed to Adams, the affidavit said.

Ray set bond at $2,500.

Nancy Jeanne Cahoon, 53, of Hamilton, was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license was suspended or revoked, second offense, and a fourth offense of failure to have liability insurance in place.

Cahoon was arrested Sept. 3 following a traffic stop for expired registration, an affidavit said. During the traffic stop, the Montana Highway Patrol trooper determined Cahoon’s license was suspended and she had no insurance on the vehicle she was driving.

A search of Cahoon’s vehicle found a baggie containing what field-tested to be methamphetamine, the affidavit said.

Ray set bond at $20,000.


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