Man facing 4th DUI charged with additional drunken driving offense

2014-08-06T08:22:00Z 2014-08-07T11:22:09Z Man facing 4th DUI charged with additional drunken driving offenseBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A man accused of driving drunk on June 14 appeared in court Tuesday on a new charge alleging he was also driving drunk on July 27.

Appearing in District Court by video from the county jail, Wayne Allen Bryant, 45, pleaded not guilty to felony DUI, his fifth DUI charge, and misdemeanor driving without insurance.

District Judge Russell C. Fagg set Bryant’s bond for the new charges at $75,000, on top of the $15,000 bond Bryant already faced.

A Yellowstone County sheriff’s deputy arrested Bryant after Bryant was seen driving a pickup that swerved into oncoming traffic on Interstate 90 late on July 27, court records say.

Bryant showed signs of intoxication and had a beer in the pickup next to him, the deputy reported. Bryant refused to give a breath sample or perform sobriety tests, prompting the deputy to get a search warrant to draw a sample of Bryant’s blood for testing at the state crime lab, charging documents state.

In the earlier DUI case, Bryant was arrested by a sheriff’s deputy on June 14. The deputy stopped Bryant for driving with flashing headlights on South Frontage Road, court records say. Bryant showed signs of intoxication and gave a preliminary breath sample that registered a blood alcohol concentration of .118 percent, according to prosecutors.

A later test at the county jail registered a blood alcohol concentration of .089 percent, court records say.

Bryant was sentenced last year for felony bail jumping and for felony partner or family member assault.

In the domestic assault case, court records say, Bryant cut a woman with a knife.

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