Billings woman facing endangerment, DUI charges

2014-07-21T19:00:00Z 2014-07-22T00:12:05Z Billings woman facing endangerment, DUI chargesGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Billings woman was accused on Monday of driving drunk with her daughter in the vehicle and attacking her husband when he tried to stop her from doing so.

Appearing in Yellowstone County Justice Court by video from the county jail, Tiara Lynn Nanez was charged with felony criminal endangerment and misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, driving without a license and partner or family member assault.

Judge David Carter set Nanez's bond at $10,000 and ordered her to appear in District Court on July 28.

On July 20, Nanez's husband called law enforcement to report that she had assaulted him, according to charging documents.

The officer found Nanez a short time later and she reported that she and her husband had gotten into an argument because her husband didn't want her to drive with her 10-year-old daughter in the vehicle after she'd been drinking wine, the affidavit states.

Nanez said that she had driven from near 19th Street West to the downtown area and, when she arrived, her husband was there and tried to take the keys from the ignition.

When he did so, she pulled his hair in an attempt to stop him, and the officer had later observed a clump of hair matching the man's in Nanez's vehicle, the affidavit states.

The officer also reported that he noticed a large paper cup with a liquid that smelled like wine in the car. Nanez said she drank wine and drove with her daughter in the car and that it was "her routine to drink and take care of the kids, starting as early as 1:30 p.m.," according to court documents.

A breath sample provided by Nanez revealed that she had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, which is nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08.

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