Mother picks up 6th DUI at Riverside Middle School

2011-02-07T11:30:00Z 2011-02-07T22:00:19Z Mother picks up 6th DUI at Riverside Middle School

Gazette Staff

The Billings Gazette
February 07, 2011 11:30 am  • 

A Billings woman arrested for driving drunk to pick up her daughter from school was sentenced on Monday for two felony DUI offenses.

Kristi Jo Fallang Bauer, 52, received a 10-year sentence to the state Department of Corrections, with five years suspended, for her sixth DUI offense.

District Judge G. Todd Baugh agreed to follow a plea agreement, which called for Bauer to receive a concurrent 13-month sentence, followed by three years of probation, for a fifth DUI offense.

Bauer was sentenced as a persistent felony offender, and the judge ordered her to complete a state alcohol treatment program.

Bauer also received concurrent $100 fines for misdemeanor counts of having an open alcohol container in a vehicle and speeding in a construction zone.

Baugh noted the woman has three prior felony and 43 prior misdemeanor convictions. She has prior DUI convictions in 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1995.

Bauer's most recent cases began last April, when she was charged for her fifth drunken-driving offense. Bauer was out on bond awaiting trial when she was arrested again in September.

In that case, an official at Riverside Middle School called police when Bauer arrived at the school intoxicated and said she wanted to pick up her daughter for a dentist appointment.

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