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.