Billings woman sent home for riding horse drunk later charged with DUI

2013-05-01T16:41:00Z 2014-08-25T06:34:09Z Billings woman sent home for riding horse drunk later charged with DUIGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Billings woman who complained that she should be able to ride her horse through a South Side neighborhood without getting stopped by police was arrested a short time later for driving a pickup truck under the influence of alcohol.

Dawnalee Ellis-Peterson, 43, appeared Wednesday in Justice Court by video from the county jail on a felony charge of DUI and misdemeanor counts of driving without a valid license and driving without insurance.

Judge Pro Tem Lance Lundvall set bond at $7,500.

According to court records, Ellis-Peterson came to the attention of officers Monday morning while riding a horse on South 34th Street.

Ellis-Peterson was extremely intoxicated, court records state, but was allowed to return to her home on Jefferson Street.

When she arrived at her house, Ellis-Peterson called dispatch and complained that she "should be able to ride her horse without getting pulled over," court records state.   

A short time later, at about 9:40 a.m., an officer was sent to check on Ellis-Peterson at her residence. She refused to answer the door and yelled, "I'm just drunk, leave me alone," court records state.

As the officer left, a naked Ellis-Peterson stepped into her doorway and yelled something toward the officer.

A neighbor called police about 30 minutes later to report that Ellis-Peterson had driven away from her house in a pickup truck. Officers soon found the truck and arrested the woman.

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

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

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