Speeding driver charged with felony DUI

2011-12-05T14:15:00Z 2011-12-06T15:15:15Z Speeding driver charged with felony DUIGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
December 05, 2011 2:15 pm  • 

A man police said was driving an estimated 100 mph on Central Avenue pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony drunken-driving charge.

Kenneth Melvin Wayne Boyer, 37, appeared in District Court for arraignment before Judge Gregory Todd. Boyer, who authorities said works as a bounty hunter, was allowed to remain free on a posted $30,000 bond.

According to court records, on Nov. 26 a Billings police officer saw a white pickup truck going east on Central Avenue at an estimated speed of 100 mph, well above the 35 mph speed limit. The officer said he tried to catch up to the truck, but lost sight of it at the intersection of Sixth Street West.

Another officer spotted the truck and began efforts to stop it, but the driver came to a stop behind a third patrol car involved in an unrelated traffic stop, court records state.

The officers said Boyer showed signs of intoxication. After his arrest, he refused to perform any sobriety tests or provide a breath sample. A warrant was issued for a blood draw.

Prosecutors said Boyer has a criminal record that includes three DUI convictions.

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