Woman charged with DUI No. 5 after crash into irrigation ditch

2014-06-09T17:15:00Z 2014-06-16T13:52:09Z Woman charged with DUI No. 5 after crash into irrigation ditchBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A Billings woman made an initial court appearance Monday on her fifth DUI offense.

Nicole Marie Porter, 40, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on a felony charge of DUI.

A Montana Highway Patrol trooper arrested Porter at about 2 a.m. on Saturday after responding to a single-vehicle crash reported in the area of 48th Street West and Burlington Avenue, according to charging documents.

The trooper found a vehicle in an irrigation ditch and spoke with the driver, identified as Porter, who showed signs of intoxication. The trooper reported that he had Porter complete some field sobriety tests, but decided not to have her do a one-leg stand test for fear that she would fall and hurt herself.

Porter admitted that she had been drinking wine and Scotch, prosecutors said, and a breath test at the jail showed that she had a blood-alcohol content of .209 percent, more than double the legal driving limit of .08 percent.

According to prosecutors, she has four prior DUI convictions dating back to 2000.

Judge David A. Carter set Porter’s bond at $10,000, ordered her to comply with 24/7 sobriety monitoring and to appear for arraignment in District Court on June 16.

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