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Shy Anton Obrigewitch made it clear early Sunday morning why he needed to lean on a counter at the Missoula County Detention Facility.

"Because I'm drunk," the 35-year-old Obrigewitch told a Missoula County sheriff's deputy.

Obrigewitch had just been arrested for allegedly driving the wrong way down Interstate 90 through Missoula.

Obrigewitch was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a valid driver's license. He was also charged in Missoula County Justice Court with criminal endangerment, a felony, for creating "a substantial risk of death or bodily injury to others by driving westbound at a high rate of speed in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90."

Law enforcement got a report of a car going the wrong way on the highway short before 3 a.m. Sunday. A deputy then spotted Obrigewitch's Ford Taurus on the interstate near Reserve Street, court records state. The deputy finally stopped Obrigewitch about a mile west of the Reserve Street interchange.

"Obrigewitch was obviously intoxicated," records state. "His breath smelled of an alcoholic beverage, his eyes were glassy, bloodshot and the whites of his eyes were pink. He also appeared to have urinated in his pants, as his crotch was wet."

Obrigewitch performed poorly on DUI physical maneuvers, but refused to take a breath test.

"Obrigewitch stated that he could not do the test in his current state," records state.

Obrigewitch appeared in court Monday, and his bail was set at $50,000.

Reporter Michael Moore can be reached at 523-5252 or by e-mail at mmoore@missoulian.com.

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