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A Billings man with drunken-driving convictions in three states has been charged with a new DUI.

Prosecutors say Fernando Lionel Beauchene, 48, has six prior DUI convictions in Montana, Florida and Indiana and an outstanding arrest warrant in California for DUI.

Beauchene faces a new DUI charge following his arrest Wednesday after a Billings store clerk called police to report that an intoxicated man had come into the store and tried to buy beer before driving away.

Beauchene is being held in the Yellowstone County jail on $35,000 bond. He is charged with felony DUI and a misdemeanor count of driving without a valid license. 

According to court records, a clerk at Quick Stop on Broadwater Avenue called police at about 5 p.m. to report he had followed a pickup truck to a house on Custer Avenue.

The clerk said he had refused to sell the man beer because he appeared severely intoxicated. The clerk followed the man's truck and called police when the man drove away.

An officer met the clerk, who pointed out the house the man had entered. A woman who answered the door let the officer inside and Beauchene was sitting on a couch in the living room. He denied driving, and said he had been home all day.

Beauchene showed signs of intoxication and was arrested after he refused to provide a breath sample. The clerk identified him as the man he had followed from the store.    

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State courts reporter for the Billings Gazette.