Man charged with 6th DUI while waiting to be sentenced for No. 5

2013-05-16T16:15:00Z 2013-06-06T12:11:06Z Man charged with 6th DUI while waiting to be sentenced for No. 5Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Billings man awaiting sentencing for his fifth drunken-driving offense has been charged again.

Daniel Edward Turnsplenty, 35, appeared Thursday in Justice Court by video from the county jail on charges of felony DUI and misdemeanor counts of contempt, driving without insurance and driving without a valid license.

Judge Pedro Hernandez set bond at $25,000.

Turnsplenty was arrested Wednesday after his wife twice called Billings police to report that her husband was intoxicated and had been driving.

Officers who responded to the first call could not find Turnsplenty. 

While speaking to officers after her second call about three hours later, the woman said she was afraid her husband would "drive again and kill somebody," court records state.

Turnsplenty had left on foot before officers arrived. The woman gave officers permission to disable her husband's pickup truck so that if he returned he could not drive again.

At about that time, Turnsplenty walked around from behind the garage.

Officers said Turnsplenty showed signs of intoxication and refused to provide a breath test. A blood sample was taken for testing at the state crime lab.

Turnsplenty recently admitted to a felony DUI charge for an incident in February. In that case, Turnsplenty became angry at a family gathering at a hotel when he was told he could not leave with his children because he was drunk.

Turnsplenty pulled a hotel fire alarm and was arrested a short time later while driving his truck. He recently pleaded guilty to felony DUI in that case and is awaiting sentencing.     

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