DUI suspect had kids in van

2013-07-12T08:45:00Z 2013-07-13T00:15:39Z DUI suspect had kids in vanBy CLAIR JOHNSON cjohnson@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Laurel police early Friday arrested a Billings woman suspected of drunken driving with three young children in her car.

Chief Rick Musson said in a statement that at about 3:30 a.m. Officer Fred Gregory saw a van with an expired license plate in the Laurel Wal-Mart parking lot. The van had at least five occupants.

When the van left the lot, the officer followed and activated his emergency lights, Musson said. The van then drove on the wrong side of the road and stopped on the 1300 block of East Railroad Street.

The officer noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle and identified the driver as Tonia Lei Spottedwolf, 30. She appeared intoxicated, performed poorly on a field sobriety test and a breath test showed nearly three times the legal alcohol limit of .08 percent.

Also in the van were three children, ages 1, 9 and 10, belonging to Spottedwolf. Two of the children were not properly restrained, Musson said.

Another passenger, James Spottedwolf, 51, the father of Tonia Spottedwolf, was arrested on a warrant from Billings for contempt of court.

Both Spottedwolf and her father were booked into the Yellowstone County jail, Musson said.

Tonia Spottedwolf was arrested on charges of aggravated DUI, which is having a blood alcohol concentration of twice the legal limit or greater; three counts of negligent endangerment, driving while revoked, driving with expired registration, failing to carry proof of insurance and two counts of child restraint violations.

 

 

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