Billings woman denies DUI after drunken horse ride

2013-05-10T13:56:00Z 2013-05-30T18:40:09Z Billings woman denies DUI after drunken horse rideGazetet Staff The Billings Gazette

A Billings woman who caught the attention of police during a drunken horse ride through a South Side neighborhood denied charges Friday in District Court for a subsequent driving incident.

Dawnalee Ellis-Peterson, 43, appeared for arraignment before Judge Mary Jane Knisely and pleaded not guilty to felony DUI and misdemeanor charges of driving without a valid license and driving without insurance.

Ellis-Peterson was allowed to remain free while her case is pending on a posted $7,500 bond. 

According to prosecutors, Ellis-Peterson was "extremely intoxicated" on the morning of April 29 as she rode a horse on South 34th Street. Officers spoke to the woman and allowed her to return to her home on Jefferson Street.

A short time later, a neighbor called police to report that the woman had just driven away from her house in a pickup truck. Officers located Ellis-Peterson and she was arrested.

In 2004, Ellis-Peterson was arrested for disorderly conduct for riding a horse in the same area while partially clothed and drinking from a can of malt liquor.

Ellis-Peterson has prior DUI convictions in 1993, 1997 and 2007.

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