Washington man arrested for his 9th DUI in Montana

On June 7, 2022 at approximately 12:12 p.m., a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper was traveling east on Interstate 90 near mile marker 104 and observed a red Ford Explorer speeding up, not maintaining its lane and leaving its lane. The Trooper activated his radar and clocked the vehicle traveling at 81 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone.

The officer conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as 54-year-old Jon Henry Pierre. According to the gendarme, Pierre appeared to be intoxicated. Pierre had slurred speech, his eyes were red and watery, his clothes looked ruffled, and there was an odor of alcoholic beverages on his breath as he spoke.

The officer did not observe any open alcoholic beverages in the vehicle, but did observe a large cooler in the front passenger seat. When asked if he’d had anything to drink tonight, Pierre stumbled, saying “Budweiser.” Pierre said he had been drinking while driving and had had at least “three beers”.

Due to the presence of two firearms in the front passenger seat, the police officer asked Pierre to exit his vehicle and sit in a patrol vehicle while waiting for another police officer to come to the scene. When the other soldier arrived, Pierre was asked to step out of the patrol vehicle so that the first soldier could perform standard field sobriety tests.

Pierre exposed 6/6 clues on Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus. The soldier asked Pierre to sit on his front bumper during this test because Pierre was unsteady on his feet and unable to keep his balance. Due to an alleged ankle problem, Pierre refused to complete the Gait and Turn and Single Leg Stand tests. Pierre read the preliminary alcohol test notice and refused to provide a sample. Pierre read the notice of implied consent and again refused to provide a breath sample. Pierre was then taken into custody for impaired driving.

A search warrant for Peter’s blood was granted by Judge Jacob Coolidge. Court documents indicate that the state is awaiting the toxicology results of Pierre’s blood from the Montana State Crime Lab.

When Peter was asked where he was going, he said he was coming from Washington to Helena to visit his sick father. Pierre’s driving history showed eight lifetime convictions for impaired driving outside of Washington State. Pierre is currently charged with another DUI crime.

The information in this article was obtained from publicly available sources.

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