Accused wrong-way driver denies DUI charge

2014-06-16T14:25:00Z 2014-06-16T21:29:04Z Accused wrong-way driver denies DUI chargeGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A man who a deputy said had an “overpowering odor” of alcohol and was driving the wrong way on Interstate 90 pleaded not guilty to multiple charges on Monday.

During an appearance in Billings before state District Judge Gregory Todd, Jaymeson Earl Red Star, 26, denied a felony criminal endangerment charge and two misdemeanor charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving while his license was suspended or revoked.

Todd continued a $25,000 bond set in Justice Court because of Red Star’s history and pending matters.

Prosecutor Ingrid Rosenquist said at the time of Red Star’s arrest, there was a warrant pending for failing to register as a violent offender. Red Star also was on probation for a 2011 robbery conviction.

A Yellowstone County Sheriff’s deputy arrested Red Star after responding to a report on June 8 of a wrong-way driver going west in the eastbound lanes of I-90 near the junction with I-94, court records said.

The deputy used his patrol car to block other vehicles from getting into a head-on collision with a vehicle driven by Red Star, court records said. Red Star slowed and then tried to cross the borrow pit to the other side of the interstate but was blocked by the deputy.

The deputy ordered Red Star out of his vehicle at gunpoint. Red Star had an “overpowering odor” of alcohol, court records said.

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