Jordan Iddings, the Frenchtown man who achieved national infamy after his bachelor party went wildly awry was back in court Wednesday after allegedly violating the terms of his probation by drinking and driving.
In response to questions from Missoula District Judge Ed McLean, the 26-year-old Iddings denied he refused a breath test when a police officer stopped him last month after getting a report of someone driving in the wrong lanes of Reserve Street. He also denied having two bottles of Bud Light in the back seat of his truck, and telling the officer he’d had a few drinks at Westside Lanes.
Last September, Iddings received a three-year deferred sentence on charges of felony assault in a plea agreement that dropped a host of misdemeanor charges. The charges stemmed from a November 2009 bachelor party that saw Iddings accused of groping and punching a woman at a bar, behaving so badly at another bar that he and his friends were locked out, and head-butting a police officer.
As part of the terms of his probation, Iddings is not allowed to drink.
On Feb. 24, a Missoula police officer stopped him on Mullan Road after a witness said a half-ton orange Dodge pickup “drifted across lanes of northbound traffic on the Reserve Street Bridge where it struck/collided with a concrete embankment before continuing,” according to a search warrant application. That application sought a blood test after Iddings refused a breath test.
It said that Iddings’ eyes were bloodshot, he smelled strongly of alcohol, he was swaying and staggering, and that he cursed and was antagonistic.
A probation officer’s report termed Iddings “a danger to himself and society as long as he continues to drink alcohol and drive.”
Iddings said last year that “I think the reason I am in this mess is because I have a serious drinking problem that I need to overcome and work on the rest of my life,” the probation officer wrote. “If I slip up on so much as a single condition of the probation for three years, I can be sent to prison for 10 years from the date of the violation.”
Iddings got married a month after the bachelor party. His wife filed for divorce in July 2011.
Reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, email@example.com or CopsAndCourts.com.