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Woman, driving pants-less, sentenced in felony DUI
Jamie Lynn Van Atta was driving drunk and partially dressed when her car hit several parked cars in May received a 13-month sentence for the felony DUI.

A Billings woman who was driving drunk and partially dressed when her car hit several parked cars in May was sentenced Monday in District Court.

Jamie Lynn Van Atta, 29, received a 13-month sentence to the state Department of Corrections for the felony DUI. Van Atta also received a two-year concurrent suspended sentence for violating an order of protection in July against her ex-husband's wife.

As part of the DUI sentence, Judge Gregory Todd ordered Van Atta to attend a state alcohol treatment program, serve three years of probation and pay a $1,000 fine. Van Atta apologized before she was sentenced.

The DUI charge followed Van Atta's arrest May 20 when police were called to the 1200 block of Avenue D at 1:40 a.m. for a report that a car had hit several parked cars. Officers said they found Van Atta wearing only a T-shirt and sandals, and she told officers she was on her way to the store to buy more beer.

An officer went to Van Atta's residence two blocks away and got her a pair of pants. She was arrested after refusing to complete a field sobriety test and refusing to give a breath sample.

Van Atta later posted bond on the felony DUI charge, but she was arrested and booked into the county jail in July on allegations of violating an order of protection. The victim in that case, her ex-husband's wife, said Van Atta threatened to burn her house down. Van Atta has remained in the county jail on $10,000 bond since her arrest on that charge.

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