A Billings judge ordered three years probation for a man who endangered his 3-year-old son last November by driving under the influence in a car running on three tires.
District Judge Mary Jane McCalla Knisely ordered a three-year-suspended sentence for Brandon Lee Houck, 29, for a count of criminal endangerment.
“It was the worst day of my life, seeing my son taken out of my custody by complete strangers,” Houck told the judge, apologizing for his actions.
The judge also gave Houck a three-year-deferred sentence for illegal possession a prescription medication and partially suspended six-month sentences and a $400 fine for DUI, driving without a valid license and driving without insurance.
Police were alerted on Nov. 9 that a driver in the Heights was operating a vehicle missing a tire on its front passenger-side wheel. An officer later found the missing tire on Howard Avenue.
Police pulled over the driver, identified as Houck, and reported he smelled of alcohol and didn’t follow commands promptly, according to charging documents.
Houck told an officer that his 3-year-old son was in the back seat. Officers also found empty and unopened beer cans and a partially empty bottle of wine.
A breath test showed Houck had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.176 percent, more than twice the legal limit, according to court documents.
Officers also found he illegally had a clonazepam pill.