Deferred sentence for man who drove ATV drunk with 2 passengers

2014-08-29T12:00:00Z 2014-08-29T22:31:05Z Deferred sentence for man who drove ATV drunk with 2 passengersBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette
August 29, 2014 12:00 pm  • 

A judge on Friday gave a three-year-deferred sentence to a man who has admitted to driving an ATV in Billings while drunk with two passengers.

William Mason Poston II previously pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI and two counts of felony criminal endangerment for having two passengers on the ATV with him when he drove drunk in Billings in February.

District Judge Ingrid Gustafson followed the recommendations made in a plea deal and gave Poston a sentence totaling three years of probation, with the chance to clear the felonies from his record, and a suspended six-month jail sentence for the DUI.

Charging documents state a Billings police officer pulled over an ATV on Feb. 15 after watching the vehicle swerving and speeding on Grand Avenue and Fifth Street West.

No one was injured.

The officer observed that Poston smelled of alcohol. The officer also noted that the ATV was designed for one person and had no plates, registration, mirrors, tail lights or signal lights, an affidavit states.

Poston admitted to the officer he had consumed about six beers before driving, charging documents say.

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