HAMILTON – A Stevensville woman charged with felony criminal endangerment and misdemeanor drunken driving changed her plea to no contest Thursday in Ravalli County District Court.
Stephanie Anne Rogers, 33, originally pleaded not guilty to the charges and a misdemeanor endangering the welfare of children.
The last charge was dropped in a plea agreement.
According to court records, a report of an erratic driver near Stevensville reached authorities at about 1 p.m. on Dec. 21, 2011. Complainants alleged the driver was swerving and had near head-on collisions with two or three vehicles.
The complainants followed the vehicle to Lone Rock School where they noticed a young child also in the car, the affidavit reports.
Soon after, dispatchers advised Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Lath Keith that Lone Rock School requested the presence of law enforcement because a woman, later identified as Rogers, was trying to pick up her older child, but appeared to be impaired, court records report.
Keith arrived and contacted Rogers. According to the affidavit, Keith noted Rogers’ speech was allegedly thick and slurred and she seemed absent-minded. Keith had Rogers perform field sobriety tests, which she failed, court records report.
Rogers submitted a breath test with a .00 reading. She was then taken to Marcus Daly Hospital for a blood test.
According to state prosecutor Angela Wetzsteon, results of the test showed a “myriad” of different drugs in Rogers’ system, which led to the DUI charge.
The plea agreement recommended Rogers be given a six-year deferred sentence with 30 days local jail time. She would be given credit for 22 of those days.
Rogers’ sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 6.
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