A man who was released from Montana State Prison two months ago denied a new felony charge Tuesday after prosecutors said he was found passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Stanley Duane Evans, 48, appeared in Yellowstone County District Court and pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony DUI. Judge Gregory Todd set bond at $15,000.
The judge said Evans must participate in the 24-7 sobriety program if he posts bond.
County Attorney Scott Twito said Evans was sentenced to Montana State Prison in 2007 after committing probation violations in a 2005 felony DUI case in Flathead County. Evans was released from prison in September, Twito said.
According to court records, Evans was arrested in Billings on Nov. 9 after an officer was sent to a motel on First Avenue North at 11:30 p.m. to check on a report of an infant left in an unattended running vehicle.
The officer found Evans slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle with the engine running and the doors locked. It took several attempts to wake Evans, who then responded by turning the ignition off and back on, activating the windshield wipers and trying to open the door without unlocking it first.
No infant was inside the vehicle. The officer said Evans showed signs of extreme intoxication and refused to provide a breath or blood sample. A warrant was issued to collect a blood sample.
Evans was convicted of DUI in 1998, twice in 2004 and again in 2005, court records state.