A man prosecutors say was found passed out in a pickup in a Billings field has been charged with his 10th drunken driving offense.
William Robert Heaney, 39, appeared Wednesday in Yellowstone County Justice Court by video from the county jail on charges of felony DUI and misdemeanor counts of driving without insurance and driving without a valid license.
Judge Larry Herman set bond at $50,000.
Prosecutors said Heaney has prior DUI convictions in 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2008. He also has felony convictions for drug possession, theft and issuing a bad check.
Heaney was arrested at about 3:15 a.m. Tuesday when Billings police officers received a report of a man passed out in a pickup truck in a field near Florine Lane.
Officers found Heaney asleep in the truck with a key in the ignition, although the engine was not running.
Heaney showed signs of intoxication and became verbally abusive and combative toward the officers, court records state. He was placed in a restraint chair at the county jail.
Heaney refused to provide a breath sample, and a blood sample was taken for testing at the state crime lab.