Montana and Wisconsin Men Facing 6th DUI Charge

Cascade County District Court is expecting a Montana man, with five prior DUI convictions, to show up on Thursday afternoon for his scheduled initial appearance for his sixth drinking and driving offense.

On September 19th outside Great falls, 59-year-old David Ronald Evans of St. Marie was driving his car while intoxicated crashing his vehicle and the boat he was pulling. Then while in custody of Montana highway Patrol he then allegedly passed out in the squad car’s back seat.

According to court records a citizen called into dispatch because they were concerned for a driver who was driving a Suburban unsteadily swerving on Vaughn Frontage Road.

The complaint filed states the Suburban hit a guardrail, which sent the boat and trailer down a steep embankment while the Suburban continued to head northbound for a few feet before finally coming to a complete stop.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper arrived 2 minutes after the crash had occurred. Trooper Arnold had been dispatched to answer the complaint of dangerous driving.

Evans, had been drinking Mike’s Hard Lemonade, but after he was in the back seat of the Police vehicle he stated he was not drunk.

While in the car he told the officer that his son had fled the scene of the crash since and that his son was supposedly the one driving and causing the crash.

“When placed in the back of a patrol car, Evans passed out in short order, and we were unable to wake him,” an affidavit by a Montana Highway Patrol trooper states. “Medical was dispatched to the scene, and they were able to rouse him.”

According to court records, Evans had a history of two felony convictions on top of his five prior DUI convictions and he also did not have a license to drive.

Evans was charged with unlawful possession of an open alcoholic beverage which was found in the vehicle, he also did not have insurance or a valid driving license. He was also charged with obstruction of a public servant.

It is also recorded in the court records that Benefis Health System would not release Evans from the hospital due to a risk of Evans committing suicide.

In another multiple DUI case, out of the sate of Wisconsin, James Michael Radack was scheduled to make an initial appearance before District Judge Elizabeth Best on a governor’s warrant.

The warrant issued Sept 18th from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to Montana Gov. Steve Bullock included an extradition requisition for the return of Radack to Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin, Radack is charged with a 6th Offense of operating a vehicle while over the legal alcohol limit.

According to court record, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin was notified that Radack had been apprehended in Great Falls, which initiated the warrant for his return.

“I have this day demanded of the governor of Montana the apprehension and return of James M. Radack a/k/a James Michael Radack (“the fugitive”), who is charged in Wisconsin with the crime of Operating with Prohibited Alcohol Concentration-6th Offense and Operate Motor Vehicle While Revoked, and who has fled Wisconsin and is now in Montana,” according to the warrant.

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