Man charged with DUI pleads guilty to child endangerment

2014-05-05T16:41:00Z 2014-05-06T00:33:04Z Man charged with DUI pleads guilty to child endangermentGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A man appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to a felony child endangerment charge for driving erratically last September with his son, who was 10 at the time.

Robert Joseph Broere, 36, was also charged with misdemeanor DUI in the case. A plea agreement indicates that charge may be dismissed when he is sentenced July 22.

Charging documents say Broere had a blood-alcohol level of 0.157 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, when he was arrested Sept. 6.

Several people called police after hearing a car speed through their neighborhood on Hartland Street North at about 3:20 p.m., according to court records.

One witness said the car pulled up in front of a house and the driver cussed and yelled at two children in the car and ordered them into the house before driving off.

An officer spoke with Broere's young son, who said his father picked him up at school and “started driving crazy.”

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