Man apologizes during sentencing on 4th DUI

2014-06-16T15:15:00Z 2014-06-16T23:21:18Z Man apologizes during sentencing on 4th DUIGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A man convicted of his fourth drunken driving offense apologized on Monday during sentencing to Billings citizens he may have put in danger.

Scott Gordon Salisbury, 51, told state District Judge Gregory Todd that his life has become unmanageable, that he wants to get better and apologized to citizens he may have endangered. “Alcohol has pretty much ruined my life,” he said.

“Well, that’s a good start. Hopefully, you’ve bottomed out,” Todd said.

The judge followed a plea agreement and sentenced Salisbury to five years with the state Department of Corrections as a persistent felony offender and fined him $1,000 for his felony conviction on driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, his fourth offense. He dismissed a second count of obstruction, a misdemeanor.

Todd also revoked a suspended sentence Salisbury received in a 2010 domestic violence conviction and imposed, then suspended, the remaining time of two years, 10 months and 28 days. He ran the sentence consecutive to the DUI case.

Salisbury was arrested on Dec. 4, 2013, after a Montana Highway Patrol trooper found him in a business parking lot. Salisbury appeared to be drunk and fought with responding officers, prompting one of them to shock him with a stun gun, court records said. A breath test showed Salisbury had a blood-alcohol content of 0.195 percent, or more than twice the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent.

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