Billings woman charged with endangering baby, driving drunk

2013-06-07T17:38:00Z 2013-06-21T07:45:04Z Billings woman charged with endangering baby, driving drunkby EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A Billings woman who prosecutors say drove drunk and wrecked her vehicle while her baby was in an unsecured car seat faces a felony child endangerment charge and a slew of other charges in connection to the crash.

No one was injured in the wreck, which happened just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday near Lockwood, but when Jessie Louise Burns, 25, took a breath test after the crash, it showed that she had blood alcohol content of more than 0.24 percent, according to court documents, which is more than three times the legal limit in Montana.

She was also driving with a suspended license, prosecutors said.

When a witness to the crash tried to check on Burns’ baby, she began hitting the man, police said.

When officers tried to take Burns into custody, she resisted, according to court documents. She fell on the ground and refused to get up and swore, spat and kicked at officers, charging papers said.

During a Justice Court appearance Friday, Judge Larry D. Herman set her bail at $15,000 and ordered Burns to appear June 21 in District Court before Judge Mary Knisely.

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