New Years Eve Billings Car Accident Results In Multiple Charges

According to prosecutors, an alleged drunk driver went the wrong way on Montana Avenue on New Year's Eve. Before his vehicle came to a stop, it allegedly struck a number of parked cars before colliding with a county vehicle head-on.

Accident Details

An off-duty Yellowstone County sheriff's deputy noticed a green mini-van driving the wrong way on a one-way street at approximately 10:20 p.m., according to charging documents. He stated that he observed the mini-van hit a number of parked cars before it collided head-on with his county vehicle.

According to the deputy, the 23-year-old male then attempted to flee the scene of the accident. The man allegedly struggled with the deputy before being subdued and handcuffed. One individual seated in one of the parked cars required transport to an area hospital for treatment of a neck injury. There was no initial report of any injury to the off-duty deputy, according to the Billings Gazette.

Multiple Charges Include DUI

The driver of the mini-van refused field sobriety tests, but a judge issued a warrant to allow the gathering of a blood sample. The motorist now faces five charges, including his third DUI charge. Two felony counts of criminal endangerment are also included among the charges. A Justice of the Peace set bond at $7,500. He also ordered that the man submit to 24/7 sobriety monitoring if he does post bail.

Although the investigation into this particular incident continues, impaired driving often constitutes evidence of negligence. When someone suffers injuries due to the negligent conduct of another, Montana state law allows the victim to seek compensation in the state's civil courts. Compensatory damages often include payments for medical bills, pain, suffering and lost wages.

If you or someone who you know suffers injuries in a traffic accident, it is possible to discuss the details with a car accident attorney focused on relevant areas of the law. A complimentary consultation is available in many instances. To learn more, please contact us.