A woman is accused of driving drunk and crashing a pickup with her boyfriend and 4-year-old son inside.
Rebecca Mary Stahl, 24, appeared Tuesday before Judge Russell Fagg and pleaded not guilty to criminal endangerment, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and failure to have a child properly restrained.
Court documents say a Montana Highway Patrol trooper responded to a crash on Razor Creek Road near Scandia Road in Shepherd at 8 p.m. on March 27.
The trooper saw a white pickup in the ditch on the west side of the road with a man inside who appeared intoxicated. The man told the trooper that he was the passenger and that his girlfriend was driving.
The trooper later learned that the vehicle first went off the east side of the road, got stuck, and was pulled out by a friend and her sister.
After getting back onto the road, court documents say, Stahl again got stuck on the west side of the road. Stahl and her son left with her sister, leaving her boyfriend behind with the truck.
Stahl was brought back to the scene by another trooper, who determined that Stahl’s license was suspended and conducted a field sobriety test. Court documents say Stahl had six out of six signs of intoxication, but refused a breath test.
Prosecutors said Stahl has a previous DUI, an obstructing justice charge from 2005 and two driving-while-license-suspended citations from 2010.
Prosecutors asked Fagg to keep bond at $10,000, which Stahl posted, and require her to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet.
Fagg maintained bond and did not require the bracelet, but warned Stahl.
“Ms. Stahl, you need to understand that you can’t drive,” Fagg said.
Stahl said she works at a beauty salon in the Heights and is able to get a ride to and from work.