Cut Bank man charged with DUI No. 7, endangerment after Saturday crash

2014-05-05T18:00:00Z 2014-05-07T00:46:36Z Cut Bank man charged with DUI No. 7, endangerment after Saturday crashGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Cut Bank man made an initial court appearance Monday on two felony charges in connection to a Saturday DUI crash a prosecutor said seriously injured a woman.

Richard George Hughes was charged with criminal endangerment and DUI.

Charging documents allege Hughes was driving a Dodge pickup Saturday afternoon and failed to stop at the intersection of Monad Road and South 36th Street West, where he hit a Ford F-150.

A passenger in the Ford, who underwent spinal fusion surgery in September and was still recovering at the time of the crash, reported having tingling sensations in both arms.

Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Nicholas Owens said a woman was “seriously injured” in the crash. The prosecutor said Hughes took a breath test after the crash that showed that he had a blood alcohol content double the legal limit of .08.

Jail records indicate Hughes turned 51 on Sunday. According to court records, he has six prior DUI convictions dating back to 1982. Judge David A. Carter set bond at $15,000 and ordered Hughes to appear for arraignment on May 12.

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