66-year-old man pleads guilty to DUI No. 9

2014-07-08T10:57:00Z 2014-07-09T22:52:03Z 66-year-old man pleads guilty to DUI No. 9By EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A 66-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony DUI, adding to the eight prior DUI convictions prosecutors have said he has in Wyoming.

Robert Lee Brooks appeared in Yellowstone County District Court, where he also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving with a suspended or revoked license.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 30.

According to charging documents, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper pulled Brooks over in October after watching him drive through a red light at the intersection of Highway 310 and Interstate 90 in Laurel.

The trooper reported that the driver, identified as Brooks, had slurred his speech and smelled of alcohol.

Brooks performed poorly on field sobriety tests and, when ordered to perform the walk-and-turn test, couldn’t finish it and claimed to have a right-knee injury that prevented him from doing so, according to charging documents.

When asked to perform another test, Brooks told the trooper “there was no way he could balance like that” and claimed to have a left leg injury that wouldn’t allow him to do the test, the affidavit states.

After being taken to the Laurel Police Department, Brooks provided a breath sample that returned a blood alcohol concentration of .210 percent, nearly three times the legal driving limit of .08 percent, court records say.

He then admitted to the trooper that he was on medication for a recent surgery and drank several beers that afternoon, along with several more and a large glass of vodka that evening, according to the court documents.

According to prosecutors, Brooks has prior DUI convictions from 1993, 1995, twice in 1997, 2001, 2004, 2009 and 2010, all in Wyoming.

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