Man charged for fire hydrant crash

2012-12-03T17:20:00Z 2012-12-03T23:36:04Z Man charged for fire hydrant crashGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A 21-year-old man accused of hitting a fire hydrant and a garage while driving drunk was charged Monday in Justice Court.

Teyon Jayde Fritzler appeared in court by video from the county jail on charges of felony criminal endangerment and misdemeanor counts of aggravated DUI and obstructing.

Fritzler's bond was set at $10,000.

According to court records, Fritzler was arrested Sunday at about 1:45 p.m. after police were sent to the area of Fifth Street West and Parkhill Drive to check on a report that a vehicle struck a fire hydrant, was swerving all over the road, nearly hit several other vehicles and ran a red light.

An officer found the vehicle in the area of 24th Street West and Grand Avenue, but the driver fled and the officer broke off pursuit after a short distance, court records state.

Another officer then found the vehicle crashed into a garage near 30th Street West and Broadwater Avenue. The driver fled as the officer approached, and the chase ended when the officer used a Taser to stop Fritzler. 

Prosecutors said a breath test showed Fritzler had a blood-alcohol level of 0.282 percent, more than three times the legal limit.  

Fritlzer has a prior conviction for aggravated DUI for an incident in 2011. Prosecutors said in that case he had a blood alcohol level of 0.24 when he crashed into a fence.

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