LIVINGSTON — A Bozeman man appeared in court Friday on charges that he dragged an off-duty police officer about 25 feet after she stopped him on suspicion of drunken driving.
William Perry, 60, made an initial appearance in Justice Court on Friday, the Livingston Enterprise reported. Justice of the Peace Linda Budeski set his bail at $100,000.
Livingston Police Officer Jessika Kynett said she spotted what appeared to be a drunken driver traveling eastbound on Interstate 90 on Thursday afternoon.
Police Chief Darren Raney said department policy is for off-duty officers to relay information about possible crimes to those on duty. She called dispatchers, but no on-duty officers were immediately available, so she continued to follow the vehicle as it exited the interstate.
After the driver ran a stop sign and nearly hit other cars, Kynett pulled up next to the vehicle, showed him her badge and got him to pull over out of concern that he was a danger to the public, Raney said.
As Kynett approached the car and told Perry to wait until an on-duty officer arrived, he told her he didn't intend to wait, Raney said. Kynett reached into the car to try to prevent him from driving off, but Perry accelerated, Raney said. Kynett held onto the car and was dragged about 25 feet.
She got back into her vehicle and followed the car to a nearby residence. Other officers arrived and arrested Perry. The vehicular assault charge incorporates allegations of driving under the influence, said Park County Attorney Brett Linneweber.
Kynett was treated at Livingston Memorial Hospital and released.