Man in court for assault, drugs after reported argument over urine screen

2014-07-11T13:05:00Z 2014-07-12T00:13:05Z Man in court for assault, drugs after reported argument over urine screenBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A man on probation for dealing drugs pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he had marijuana “buds” and held a knife to his girlfriend’s throat during a reported argument about her getting a urine analysis.

Laurel police arrested 26-year-old Brett Kevin Hawkins on Sunday night after responding to the 1100 block of First Avenue in Laurel, where a woman identified as Hawkins’ girlfriend said that he had held a knife to her throat, charging documents state.

The alleged victim told police that Hawkins had picked her up earlier in the evening and wanted an analysis of her urine. Court records do not elaborate on why he wanted her urine screened.

While Hawkins was driving, he pointed a knife at her, the woman reported. She said she yelled at him and that he then slammed on the brakes, court records say. They both got out of the car, she said, and Hawkins came up behind her and held the knife to her throat.

The woman, who was reportedly shaking and speaking to police in a trembling voice, said that Hawkins had then let her go and she walked away.

A Laurel police officer found Hawkins walking and arrested him. He said that his girlfriend had become angry while they were driving, but denied hurting her or getting into a physical fight, charging documents say.

Hawkins gave police permission to search his car. During that search, police reported finding a glass pipe, two green “buds” in a baggie and green leafy material in the car’s ashtray, all of which tested positive for the presence of THC, the intoxicating chemical in marijuana.

Police also recovered a knife, which the alleged victim said was the knife used to assault her.

Hawkins appeared Friday in Yellowstone County District Court and entered not guilty pleas to felony assault with a weapon and misdemeanor counts of drug possession and drug paraphernalia possession.

Judge Ingrid Gustafson set Hawkins’ bond at $10,000 and ordered him not to have any contact with his girlfriend if he bonds out of jail.

“You need to have absolutely no contact with the alleged victim in this, do you understand?” she said.

“Yes, ma’am,” Hawkins replied.

Department of Corrections records show he is on felony probation for a 2010 conviction for drug possession with the intent to distribute.

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