A Taser jolt failed to stop a man suspected of DUI from fighting officers Wednesday afternoon during a “significant struggle,” prosecutors said.

Scott Gordon Salisbury, 50, appeared Thursday in Yellowstone County Justice Court, where prosecutors charged him with felony DUI and misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer.

Judge Pro Tem Kent Koolen set Salisbury’s bond at $5,000 and ordered him to appear for arraignment on Dec. 12.

At about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Montana Highway Patrol trooper Justin Kirchheck found Salisbury in the parking lot of a business, charging documents say.

Salisbury showed signs of intoxication and used expletives when replying to Kirchheck’s requests, the documents say.

A Yellowstone County sheriff’s deputy arrived and they confronted Salisbury, who resisted the officers and started fighting.

“A significant struggle ensued” and the trooper and Salisbury fell to the ground, charging documents state. A Taser was used on Salisbury, but he continued to fight with officers, court records say.

After he was arrested, Salisbury consented to a breath test and officers found that he had a blood alcohol content of .195 percent, more than twice the legal limit in Montana.

Public records show that Salisbury has three DUI convictions.


City news reporter for the Billings Gazette

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