Man accused of DUI crash near Worden charged with 3 felony counts of endangerment

2014-05-12T17:16:00Z 2014-05-12T20:58:05Z Man accused of DUI crash near Worden charged with 3 felony counts of endangermentBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The County Attorney’s Office has filed charges against a man accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that injured two people.

James Arnold Wengler, 41, appeared Monday in Yellowstone County Justice Court on three counts of felony criminal endangerment and a misdemeanor DUI charge. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of driving without insurance and driving without a valid license.

Charging documents state Wengler was arrested Friday after the Montana Highway Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 312 near its intersection with North 21st Road near Worden.

Wengler, who had a 10-year-old niece as his passenger, was driving east on Highway 312 behind a sport utility vehicle. When the driver of the SUV began to make a left turn, Wengler attempted to pass the vehicle on the left, hitting it, prosecutors said.

The driver of the SUV and her passenger were both injured and taken to a hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available Monday.

Wengler, who showed signs of being intoxicated, refused all sobriety tests, according to charging documents. An officer obtained a warrant and took a blood sample from Wengler to test for the presence of alcohol.

Wengler’s bond was set at $7,500, and he is scheduled to appear May 23 in district court.

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