An ill-advised Friday evening motorcycle ride landed a 46-year-old Missoula man in Justice Court, where he was charged Monday with his ninth drunk-driving offense.
Douglas Glenn Hartman was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which after the fourth offense is a felony.
Hartman has eight previous DUI convictions.
He also was charged with misdemeanor counts of driving with a revoked license and failure to provide proof of insurance. Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech set Hartman's bail at $25,000.
Court documents report that Missoula County Sheriff's deputies Brad Giffin and Carl Ibsen were on patrol on U.S. Highway 12 west of Lolo on Friday evening when they received a call to respond to a motorcycle wreck.
When they arrived at the scene of the accident, they found Hartman, who had scrapes on his face and arms, trying to pick up the motorcycle and leave.
Hartman, who was on probation for felony DUI and had had his license revoked indefinitely, refused medical attention and told the officers that a man named "Bob" had been driving the motorcycle.
When Ibsen told Hartman he had seen him riding the bike a few minutes before, court records say Hartman responded by saying, "Oh."
Law enforcement officers on the scene stated that Hartman had slurred speech, smelled of alcohol and had red, glassy eyes. He reportedly admitted to drinking, but refused to perform any sobriety tests or submit to a breath sample.
In Montana, the fourth DUI offense is a felony.