Man accused of driving drunk with baby daughter in the vehicle

2014-05-02T06:40:00Z Man accused of driving drunk with baby daughter in the vehicleGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
May 02, 2014 6:40 am  • 

Prosecutors said on Thursday that a Hardin man drove drunk on Wednesday while his 8-month-old daughter sat unbuckled in the back seat. 

Jacob Kane Bradley, 29, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court by video from the county jail, where Judge Pro Tem Lance Lundvall charged him with felony counts of criminal endangerment and driving under the influence and misdemeanor having an open container.

Lundvall set Bradley's bond at $20,000 and ordered him to appear in District Court for arraignment on May 8.

Billings police officers were called out to Plainview Street, near Industrial Avenue, for a reported drunk driver at about 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Charging documents say arriving officers found Bradley in the driver's seat of a Ford Expedition with the doors open and playing music loudly.

The officers noted the 8-month-old girl sitting in the back seat in a child safety seat that wasn't buckled in and also spotted four open 16-ounce beer cans in the center console area and an empty beer box on the Ford's floor, according to the affidavit.

Bradley told the officers that he'd driven from Hardin to Billings while drinking, the charging documents state.

Investigators say he performed poorly on field sobriety tests and after providing a breath sample, blew a 0.111 percent blood-alcohol content, higher than Montana's legal limit of 0.08.

Bradley has three prior drunken-driving convictions, the charging documents state.

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