Sept. 23—A Lincoln County citizen helped get an alleged drunk driver off the highway throughout an incident close to Rexford.
Kelly Patrick Fitzgerald, 62, appeared in Lincoln County District Court docket on Sept. 12 and pleaded not responsible to prison endangerment and DUI, fourth offense, each felonies.
Fitzgerald, who was launched, should put on an digital monitoring machine that determines if he’s utilizing alcohol. He’s due again in court docket on November 28 for a public listening to.
In line with a possible trigger assertion by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Workplace Deputy Bo Pittman, on Aug. 27 at 11 a.m., a citizen known as 911 to report that he was following a automobile that went over the Tobacco River Bridge on Montana 37. was strolling on the highway close to . He known as again a short while later and stated the automobile had run off the highway close to the Rexford turnoff and he did a ditch maneuver to get the automobile off the highway. The person additionally stated he held the driving force at gunpoint.
Pittman stated when he arrived, he discovered Fitzgerald slumped over within the driver’s seat and unable to have any form of clever dialog, based on the court docket doc. Pittman additionally wrote that Fitzgerald couldn’t have gotten out of the automobile with out the officer’s assist.
After putting Fitzgerald within the again seat of his patrol automobile, Pittman spoke to the driving force who known as 911 and pulled the automobile off the highway. Fitzgerald allegedly crossed each the fog line and the middle lane a number of occasions, the particular person stated. He stated he felt he had no selection however to drag the automobile off the highway to stop Fitzgerald from hitting somebody.
Pittman stated he interviewed the driving force of the second automobile that adopted Fitzgerald, in addition to the driving force of the automobile that ran off the highway.
Fitzgerald reportedly agreed to a blood draw and stated he suffered from cerebral palsy and diabetes.
Pittman additionally stated he realized that Fitzgerald was not too long ago arrested by the Eureka Police Division for DUI.
A conviction for prison endangerment may end up in a most sentence of 10 years in Montana State Jail. The utmost penalty within the state Division of Corrections for a conviction on a DUI cost is 2 years, suspension of driving privileges for one yr and forfeiture of every automobile the defendant owned on the time of the offense.