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Man accused of DUI with 4 child passengers

Man accused of DUI with 4 child passengers

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A man accused of driving with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit with four children and two other passengers in the vehicle was charged Tuesday in District Court.

Richard Allen Bixby, 38, pleaded not guilty to six counts of felony criminal endangerment and misdemeanor counts of DUI, driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance.

Judge Gregory Todd set bond at $10,000 after a prosecutor said Bixby has two prior DUI convictions and is accused of having a blood-alcohol level of 0.282 percent at the time of his recent arrest. The state legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.  

According to court records, Bixby was arrested Dec. 17 after the pickup truck he was driving nearly struck a police patrol car on 24th Street West at about 10 p.m. The officer said he had to swerve and brake hard to avoid a collision when the truck turned in front of the patrol car.

The officer stopped the truck and said Bixby, of Lame Deer, showed signs of intoxication. There were four children — two 5-year-olds, a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old — seated in the back of the extended cab of the truck. None were wearing seat belts or were restrained, the officer said.

An adult and a 15-year-old were also passengers in the truck, court records state.

Bixby agreed to provide a breath sample at the scene but refused a second test at the county jail, court records state.

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