Billings man denies DUI No. 5

2013-05-10T14:45:00Z 2013-05-30T18:43:36Z Billings man denies DUI No. 5Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Billings man who witnesses said was driving a van that was "swerving all over the road" was arraigned Friday on what prosecutors said is his fifth drunken-driving offense.

Joseph Allan Seward, 45, appeared before District Judge Mary Jane Knisely and pleaded not guilty to felony DUI. His bond was set at $10,000 after a prosecutor said Seward was previously convicted of  DUI in 1990, 2000, and twice in 2002.

Seward was arrested April 29 after witnesses called 911 to report a Chevrolet Venture "swerving all over the road and cutting off other drivers" on King Avenue West.

Officer found the van parked at a convenience store, and Seward was behind the wheel talking on a cellphone, court records state.

"I gotta go," an officer heard Seward say. "Now I'm getting arrested."

Seward showed signs of intoxication, denied he had been driving and refused to perform any sobriety tests, court records state.

Prosecutors said Seward had to be placed in a restraint chair at the county jail in order to obtain a blood sample. 

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