Man pleads guilty in DUI crash that injured 2

2014-08-28T19:30:00Z 2014-08-28T23:33:21Z Man pleads guilty in DUI crash that injured 2By EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he caused a DUI crash near Worden in May that injured two people.

James Arnold Wengler, 41, appeared before District Judge Michael G. Moses and pleaded guilty to three felony counts of criminal endangerment and misdemeanor counts for driving without a valid license and DUI.

Charging documents state Wengler was arrested May 9 after the Montana Highway Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 312 near its intersection with North 21st Road near Worden.

Wengler, who had a 10-year-old niece as his passenger, was driving east on Highway 312 behind a sport utility vehicle. When the driver of the SUV began to make a left turn, Wengler attempted to pass the vehicle on the left, hitting it, court records say.

The driver of the SUV and her passenger were both injured and taken to a hospital.

Wengler, who showed signs of being intoxicated, refused all sobriety tests, according to charging documents. An officer obtained a warrant and took a blood sample from Wengler to test for the presence of alcohol.

Wengler is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 7.

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