A man who bonded out of jail — pending resolution of his 14th DUI charge — was in District Court on Monday on a bench warrant issued after prosecutors allege he drank alcohol, violating the conditions of his release from jail.
Edwin Cuch, 62, faces a June 16 trial for what prosecutors said is his 14th DUI. Police arrested Cuch on Oct. 19, 2013, in the 600 block of North 26th Street.
A Billings police officer found Cuch asleep, behind the wheel of a vehicle with a can of high-gravity beer between his legs, according to an affidavit. When the officer awoke Cuch and asked him if he knew where he was, the man said he was in Idaho.
Cuch, who had been in jail since his arrest, was released from custody in February after posting on a $12,000 bond. His release had several conditions, including that he not drive and that he give breath samples twice a day at the county jail.
Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Ingrid Rosenquist said Cuch gave a positive breath sample on April 9.
The prosecutor asked District Judge G. Todd Baugh to order Cuch held on $15,000 bond, the amount of the warrant issued for Cuch’s arrest.
Cuch’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Clark Mathews, asked that Cuch’s bond be set at $5,000. He said that up until the alcohol-positive breath test, Cuch had been meeting the conditions of his release and had been “riding his bike down to the jail” twice a day to do the breath tests.
He set bond at $10,000 in addition to the bond Cuch has already posted, pending a May 12 hearing on the allegation of alcohol use.
According to prosecutors, Cuch has DUI convictions in Montana, Wyoming and Utah.