Man charged with 10th DUI, endangering motorcyclist

2012-10-30T13:03:00Z 2014-08-25T07:47:28Z 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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  1. Gramsy
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    Gramsy - October 31, 2012 1:28 pm
    Why does Montana set DUI laws and then the people are not made to serve the sentence? Might as well through the laws out.
  2. DavidWright
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    DavidWright - October 31, 2012 8:12 am
    goldstd69- you need to calm down a little. I am going to let you in on a little secret that will help explain why drunk drivers aren't treated more harshly: the penalties they have now are only to placate MADD. Statistically you are 90% more likely to be killed by a sober driver than a drunk one. Using another poster's stats of 300 times driving drunk for every one DUI- this guy has driven 3000 times drunk and never killed anyone. Seems like he is pretty good at it. You can't punish people for what they are CAPABLE of- we are all cabaple of killing someone when we drive. Do you lock up people who run red lights? Using cell phones? Changing radio stations? Hate to be the turd in your punchbowl, but those cause more accidents than drunks do. :-(
  3. ThisGirl
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    ThisGirl - October 31, 2012 7:23 am
    Hmm, could it be that our justice system is so completely immersed in the "War on "Drugs" there is little or no resources to stem the drunk driving epidemic?
    I remember when the law changed in the early 70s and DUI records were no longer dropped after 7 years. It was quite a boon for the insurance industry, since now the DUI records stay forever and therefore, insurance premiums will always be higher for all of us. Legislatively mandated insurance appears to have a hand in this. I seem to recall the public outcry that resulted in that change came was because there were so many DUI's.
    This guys smile is just as irritating as the smile that the killer meth dealer has on his face! I don't see anything that says oilfield other than the states that he has been to, so I'm not ready to pin it on that. It shows me that he has lived other places, drank his way out of there and came here to the Drunk Drivers Safe Zone.
  4. lizabeth
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    lizabeth - October 31, 2012 6:56 am
    well honey that makes 2 of us so am i
  5. lizabeth
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    lizabeth - October 31, 2012 6:56 am
    oh he out for him self and not us.............
  6. Sartori
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    Sartori - October 31, 2012 6:54 am
    Bingo
  7. Skeptic
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    Skeptic - October 31, 2012 6:18 am
    This guy was qualified to be Denny's "designated driver."
  8. BillingsCapitolofNewOldWest
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    BillingsCapitolofNewOldWest - October 31, 2012 6:01 am
    Take his car. Test him everyday. House arrest. Huge ine. 100'ppp$
  9. rainbowed
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    rainbowed - October 31, 2012 5:59 am
    Too bad your god is unwilling or unable to do anything about it. A better design would have been nice.
  10. another montana native
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    another montana native - October 31, 2012 5:02 am
    The Chinese have a cure for their "problem" people: Shoot 'em in the head, then harvest their organs. Of course, his liver probably ain't worth a s***.
  11. vulcan08
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    vulcan08 - October 31, 2012 3:30 am
    What a low life it gets old reading about dui's and all of them our smiling. IT'S time for a judge to do something about them we need to bring a judge in from NEV. OR FL. So our judges can see how it's done. END OF STORY.
  12. Eric the Infuriated
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    Eric the Infuriated - October 31, 2012 2:05 am
    So, furbat, you also wanted to let Ted Bundy only get sentenced to life for his last few kills? You see, that's what you're doing by saying that the first few DUIs drop off. Each time one was caught driving DUI, it is estimated that there were up to 300 times they drove drunk and DIDN'T get caught. The only reason the a DUI is just a DUI is because the idiot miraculously made it home without killing some poor bystander or passenger.

    I tell you what, we'll put you on the far end of a building, and let drunks have loaded weapons that they shoot in your general direction. If someone doesn't hit you with their ricochets, you can then argue that their records should be lowered, otherwise, it won't matter to you whether we drop older DUI convictions or not, since you'll be just as dead. That's the gamble you're asking me to take with my own life and those of my loved ones...and I'm not willing to give them extra bullets.
  13. Drill Baby Drill
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    Drill Baby Drill - October 31, 2012 12:45 am
    Sully1.....we could fill at least a dozen buses with folks like this! you would be busy!! haha i like your idea though! montana is HORRIBLE about slapping these people on the wrist and setting them loose.
  14. Laughter
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    Laughter - October 31, 2012 12:07 am
    This is an article about A.B. Chappelle but what the heck right? Ohhhhh, now I see where you're coming from...when you and Abraham don't have anything intelligent to offer concerning the article you're in hopes stupid stuff will make up for it. Gotcha.
  15. sully1
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    sully1 - October 30, 2012 8:33 pm
    10th DUI! Really? And he's smiling in his mug shot! And, he's posted bond. Are you kidding me. He should be executed instead of bonded. Something is seriously wrong here. Come on out to Florida...he'd never see the light of day again as it should be. Pathetic.
  16. Furhat
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    Furhat - October 30, 2012 8:27 pm
    I agree, and until we start to allow old DUIs to drop off the back end, we will see 15 and probably 20 DUI records. MT is the only state that will use an old traffic offense from 1974, in the current case, to add jail time (read, taxpayer cost). And old traffic offenses from other states to add jail time.

    It is noteworthy that in the states that the priors are from, TX/WY/ND, all have washout laws that prevent current sentence enhancements from old offenses after 10, 5 and 7 years, respectively. Until MT adopts such a law, we will see ever-increasing DUI statistics.

    Besides, DUI charges have almost become a throwaway charge in MT, the crime of choice being criminal endangerment now. Why mess with charging a misdemeanor when you can go for the felony conviction? An instant felony guaranteed to instantly change a productive taxpayer into a tax burden for life.
  17. goldstd69
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    goldstd69 - October 30, 2012 8:22 pm
    the police are simply overwhelmed doing their jobs and doing them well....for some semblence of security the nazi/commie feds will be sending in the military to restore order...dont laugh...it is just around the corner...our freedoms are long gone
  18. goldstd69
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    goldstd69 - October 30, 2012 8:20 pm
    people...when will these totally worthless judges put away criminals on first offences??? the liberal commie law schools keep turning out brainwashed lawyers who turn into judges who are just absolutely worthless....u reap what u sow...this is a national tragedy...we simply are not safe anymore anywhere...the criminals rule
  19. hazeleyes
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    hazeleyes - October 30, 2012 8:12 pm
    It is so obviously clear that these habitual offenders belong behind bars. That is the only way to stop them. Take their license, take their vehicle -- think that's going to stop them? Lock them up for God's sake!
  20. right angle
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    right angle - October 30, 2012 7:35 pm
    Rehberg sees nothing wrong with drinking and driving.
  21. Eric the Infuriated
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    Eric the Infuriated - October 30, 2012 6:20 pm
    Dave,

    This state has a chief import - Career Drunk Drivers from other states. There is a Gazette Opinion from Sunday talking about this very problem. Read my replies on it, and you will have your answer. I invite all those who read this to go there as well.
  22. Abraham
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    Abraham - October 30, 2012 5:09 pm
    Yeh, just like Rehberg, he is providing jobs.
  23. funicks
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    funicks - October 30, 2012 4:58 pm
    Disgusting!!!! I am so sick of these repeat offenders.
  24. sadley
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    sadley - October 30, 2012 4:49 pm
    Daue Bouue if you were 10% as smart as you think that you are you could figure it out that all of the states that he has had his DUI's in that he is in the Oil Business. Once again Daue, think before you ask a stupid question or make a ignorant comment.
  25. tathata
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    tathata - October 30, 2012 4:15 pm
    I get sooo tired of reading about people who have 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 DUI's!! And they are still out and about...to drink and drive again and again and again!!! I am so sick of the judges letting them off!! Maybe if a judge was to be killed by a drunk driver sometime, maybe that would wake some of them up!! Sheesh judges, what is wrong with you anyway???
  26. lady writer
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    lady writer - October 30, 2012 3:39 pm
    Dave, because if he lived anywhere else he would be doing time there instead of living free here. We wouldn't be reading about him in the newspaper. This DUI problem is repeatedly and consistently being dealt with ineffectively by our court system in Billings and your question is probably one for the judge in the case.
  27. rainbowed
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    rainbowed - October 30, 2012 2:59 pm
    Drugs, what fun, eh kids...

    Don't we have a pill to fix this?
  28. bees
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    bees - October 30, 2012 2:49 pm
    10 DUIs and it looks like a joke to him!
    These drunks are injuring and killing us all -- and allowed out!
    ENOUGH PLEASE!!
  29. weeone
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    weeone - October 30, 2012 2:31 pm
    Must be the great tasting water.....
  30. Gramsy
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    Gramsy - October 30, 2012 1:47 pm
    And he is smiling.
  31. Gramsy
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    Gramsy - October 30, 2012 1:46 pm
    Looks like you normal every day Joe. And because he could post bond he is allowed back on our streets. This is not right. If someone else is injured or killed, I hope they sue not only him, but all of the official departments that leave him on our streets.
  32. Dave Bovee
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    Dave Bovee - October 30, 2012 1:24 pm
    So why did this habitual criminal decide to live here?

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