Man charged in Heights crash

2013-05-01T16:10:00Z 2013-05-03T11:01:06Z Man charged in Heights crashGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Bond was set Wednesday at $150,000 for a Billings man accused of causing an early morning head-on collision in the Heights that sent a woman to the hospital.

Eric Lee Gurney, 26, appeared in Justice Court by video from the county jail on felony charges of criminal endangerment and assault on a peace officer.

Gurney is also charged with misdemeanor counts of assault with bodily fluid, aggravated DUI, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, driving without a valid license and driving without insurance.

Judge Pro Tem Lance Lundvall set the high bond after Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said Gurney is on felony probation for a similar case in 2008 where he nearly struck a pedestrian while driving drunk.

According to court records, Gurney was arrested after officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at Lake Elmo Drive and Windsor Circle. A 22-year-old woman had been injured when her Jeep Cherokee was hit head-on by another vehicle.

One of the vehicles then struck a power pole and a house. No one in the house was injured. The female driver was taken to the hospital, but the extent of her injuries was unclear from court records.

Gurney reportedly ran from the crash scene and was found hiding in a nearby ditch, court records state. He is accused of hitting, kicking and scratching one officer and spitting in the face of a second officer before he was arrested.

Gurney refused to perform any sobriety tests or provide a breath sample, court records state. A blood sample was taken for testing at the state crime lab.

Copyright 2015 The Billings Gazette. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More from the Gazette

Woman admits using high-heeled shoe in assault

Woman admits using high-heeled shoe in assault

January 23, 2015 3:11 pmLoading…
Woman charged with DUI No. 7

Woman charged with DUI No. 7

January 22, 2015 4:27 pmLoading…
Woman pleads guilty to lesser charge in assault case

Woman pleads guilty to lesser charge in assault case

January 22, 2015 10:47 am Photos

Photos

Loading…

Man charged with sexual intercourse without consent

January 21, 2015 7:00 pmLoading…
Washington man admits gun charge in Wal-Mart theft

Washington man admits gun charge in Wal-Mart theft

January 21, 2015 3:57 pmLoading…
Judge rejects plea agreement in Bakken meth conspiracy

Judge rejects plea agreement in Bakken meth conspiracy

January 21, 2015 3:29 pmLoading…

Billings man admits causing injuries while driving drunk

January 21, 2015 1:21 pmLoading…
Thieves steal camping gear from 2 Scout troops

Thieves steal camping gear from 2 Scout troops

January 20, 2015 4:30 pmLoading…

Woman charged with using brick to assault man in 2013

January 20, 2015 4:27 pmLoading…

Follow The Billings Gazette

Most Wanted

Most Wanted

Most Wanted

Wanted by United States Marshals Service Montana Violent Offender Task Force

January 19, 2015 12:00 amLoading…

Most wanted

Most wanted

Name: Christopher Knight

January 05, 2015 12:00 amLoading…

Crime Watch Map

Keep tabs on crime around the city. View Map

Billings Police Report

2013 Billings Police Department Annual Report. View Report

National crime statistics

Database: FBI hate crime statistics

Database: FBI hate crime statistics

Approximately 6,000 hate crimes motivated by gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability were reported to the FBI in 2013.

Database: US college and university crime statistics

Database: US college and university crime statistics

Compare how U.S. colleges and universities rank for various crimes reported to campus or local authorities in 2013.

Database: US homicide victims by age, gender and ethnicity

Database: US homicide victims by age, gender and ethnicity

View homicide statistics for 2013 based on age group, gender and ethnicity. Data is compiled annually by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UC…

Popular Stories

Get weekly ads via e-mail

Deals & Offers

Featured Businesses