Man sentenced in June for DUI No. 7 facing 8th drunken driving offense

2014-08-06T16:29:00Z 2014-08-07T11:22:08Z Man sentenced in June for DUI No. 7 facing 8th drunken driving offenseBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Less than three weeks after a Billings judge give him three years of probation for a seventh DUI, Robert Loren Mock was arrested July 11 on suspicion of driving drunk in Wheatland County.

Mock, 49, appeared in Yellowstone County District Court earlier this week and is being held at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on a $15,000 bond.

At a June 24 sentencing hearing, Mock told District Judge Russell C. Fagg that he doesn’t drink anymore.

Wheatland County sheriff’s deputies arrested Mock after he was clocked driving 77 mph in a 65-mph zone on Highway 12 at about 10:30 p.m., according to charging documents.

The deputies pulled Mock over on the east side of Harlowton. One deputy reported seeing three open beers and three more unopened beers in the vehicle.

According to a passenger in the vehicle, Mock drank four beers and four mixed drinks before 2:45 p.m. that day and six or seven beers later in the day.

Mock showed signs of intoxication and refused to cooperate with field sobriety tests or to complete a breath test, court records say.

A search warrant was granted for his blood, which was collected. Test results are pending.

While waiting for the blood draw, Mock urinated himself, charging documents say.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of felony DUI and misdemeanor counts of driving while license suspended, driving with expired license plates and driving without insurance.

His trial is scheduled for Jan. 7 before District Judge Randal Spaulding. If convicted as a persistent felony offender, Mock could face between five and 100 years prison.

Court records indicate Mock’s case is the first felony case filed this year in Wheatland County, which has a population of fewer than 2,200 people, according to census records.

A ‘sweet deal’

^pOn June 24, Fagg followed the recommendations made in a joint plea agreement and gave Mock a three-year suspended sentence for a seventh DUI.

In March, Mock pleaded guilty in the case, admitting that he was drunk last November while in control of a vehicle parked at a Billings hospital.

At the sentencing, Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Margaret R. Gallagher said the fact that Mock wasn’t driving at the time of his arrest was a factor in reaching the plea agreement.

In addition to ordering the probation, Judge Fagg told Mock to comply with 10 months of 24/7 sobriety monitoring and to pay a $1,000 fine, along with several other conditions.

The judge expressed reluctance and told Mock he was getting a “sweet deal,” considering his string of DUI convictions, and that meeting the conditions of the sentence would be a challenge.

Mock told the judge he didn’t drink anymore, and that on the night he was arrested, he simply decided to pick up some beer to drink while he waited for his ex-wife to get off work.

According to prosecutors, Mock has two DUI convictions from 1990, two in 1997, one in 2002 and another from 2005.

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