Man faces ninth DUI

2000-06-09T00:00:00Z Man faces ninth DUIMICHAEL MOORE of the Missoulian
June 09, 2000 12:00 am  • 

Latest charge is felony

Jeffrey Bruce Jensen made his television debut Thursday afternoon.

Dressed in the jailhouse orange of the Missoula County Detention Facility, the 34-year-old Jensen appeared on closed-circuit TV in Justice Court, where he was charged with drunken driving for the ninth time.

Needless to say, the critics were not impressed.

"A real danger to the community," Deputy Missoula County Attorney Scott Stearns said of Jensen.

"Bail will be set in the amount of $20,000," Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech told Jensen.

Jensen's most recent problems started Wednesday when his probation officers, Kathleen Beccari and Marissa Gibbons, dropped by his Roosevelt Street home for a visit. Jensen is still on probation for his eighth drunken driving conviction, and he's not supposed to drive or drink. Certainly, he's not supposed to drive while drunk.

But driving Jensen was when the probation officers arrived at his home, court records state. He was trying to pull his Ford Ranger pickup away from his home, but the truck stalled out. Beccari and Gibbons called for police backup, and those officers, Rick Stevenson and Kevin Wolf, had Jensen blow into a Breathalyzer. His blood-alcohol content was 0.233, more than twice the legal limit for driving, court records state.

Jensen was arrested for violating probation, driving with a revoked license and drunken driving. The drunken driving charge is a felony because Jensen has so many prior convictions.

Jensen's record dates back to 1984 in Kalispell, and he since picked up convictions in Helena, Whitehall and Missoula. After his eighth DUI, Jensen was sentenced to 13 months in the custody of the Department of Corrections and four years on probation. That probationary term had just started when Jensen was arrested for the ninth time.

Jensen's case will now be transferred to District Court, where felony cases are heard.

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