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Treatment court grad gets 4 years for 10th DUI

Treatment court grad gets 4 years for 10th DUI

A man who graduated from an impaired driving treatment court netted four years with the Department of Corrections for his 10th DUI conviction.

Yellowstone County District Court Judge Ingrid Gustafson issued the sentence to Ray Alan Roma, 54, on Friday.

The sentence, which included a $1,000 fine, was recommended by prosecutor Ingrid Rosenquist and public defender Roberta Drew, who worked the case. Gustafson also dismissed two misdemeanors as recommended in Roma’s plea agreement.

Police arrested Roma on Aug. 12, 2014, after responding to an accident at Overland Avenue and King Avenue West, charging documents say.

An officer saw a male, later identified as Roma, running from the crash.

Using tips from witnesses and information from dispatchers, the officer pursued Roma and arrested him at 5700 South Frontage Road, court records say.

Roma admitted to drinking alcohol prior to the crash and gave a breath sample that registered a blood alcohol concentration of .117 percent, more than the legal driving limit of .08 percent, charging documents state.

A prosecutor previously said Roma had three DUI convictions in Minnesota and six DUI convictions in Montana.

“Your history suggests that when you drink, you drive, and that’s very concerning to me,” Gustafson said Friday, noting that Roma has graduated from an impaired driving treatment court.

“You’re lucky ... that you haven’t killed yourself or somebody else,” she said.



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City news reporter for the Billings Gazette

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