Man accused of towing horse trailer through Billings while drunk

2013-11-06T17:21:00Z 2013-11-08T08:59:05Z Man accused of towing horse trailer through Billings while drunkGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
November 06, 2013 5:21 pm  • 

A man prosecutors say was driving drunk through Billings in a truck pulling a horse trailer was charged in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Wednesday afternoon.

The Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office charged Travis Lee Kehler, 42, with felony driving under the influence and misdemeanor unlawful possession of an open container in a vehicle.

Judge Larry Herman set Kehler’s bond at $10,000 and ordered him to appear before Judge Susan Watters in Yellowstone County District Court on Nov. 14.

Billings police responded to a report of a drunken driver in a pickup pulling a horse trailer “all over the road” on Division Street, charging documents said.

Responding officers said they found the truck parked in front of a business in the 3700 block of Montana Avenue. When they approached the truck, a man, later identified as Kehler, “stumbled” out the pickup.

One of the responding officers reported he “could easily smell the odor of alcoholic beverages” on Kehler from several feet away.

Kehler failed multiple sobriety tests, and one of the officers spotted an open can of Coors beer in the center console of the pickup, the court documents said.

Kehler has at least three previous DUI convictions in Wyoming, Washington and Montana, according to prosecutors.

Public records also show that Kehler was convicted in Yellowstone County of assault on a peace officer in 2006 and criminal endangerment in 2008.

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