Man charged with 10th DUI, endangering motorcyclist

2012-10-30T13:03:00Z 2012-10-31T17:25:20Z Man charged with 10th DUI, endangering motorcyclistGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A man who prosecutors say has nine drunken-driving convictions in four states was charged Tuesday with causing a motorcycle crash while driving under the influence.

Allen Bruce Chappell, 60, appeared before District Judge Gregory Todd and pleaded not guilty to felony charges of criminal endangerment and DUI. Chappell also denied a misdemeanor charge of driving without a valid license.

Chappell was allowed to remain free while the case is pending on a posted $20,000 bond. He is required to wear an electronic alcohol-monitoring device.

Chappell was arrested Oct. 19 after a Billings police officer saw a crash involving an SUV and a motorcycle on Broadwater Avenue at about 8 p.m. Other witnesses said the SUV, driven by Chappell, turned in front of the motorcycle, causing the crash.

The motorcyclist, a 42-year-old man, was not seriously injured.

Chappell was arrested after he performed poorly on a sobriety test and refused to provide a breath sample. A search warrant was issued to obtain a blood sample, court records state.

Prosecutors said Chappell has prior DUI convictions in Montana in 2001 and twice in 2007. He also has DUI convictions in Wyoming in 1998, 2001 and 2004; in North Dakota in 1996 and 2011; and in Texas in 1974. 

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