Posted: Aug 27, 2013 5:51 PM by MTN News
GREAT FALLS - Belinda Jean Hext has been charged with her seventh DUI, one count of disorderly conduct, and an open container violation.
On Monday, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper responded to the scene about one mile west of Vaughn after receiving a report that a woman was slumped over the steering wheel of a small SUV along the road.
The trooper saw the woman - later identified as Hext - slumped over and passed out in the SUV; the keys were in the ignition, and an open container of Black Velvet whiskey was sticking out from her purse.
Court documents state the trooper could smell a "strong odor" of alcohol inside the SUV and on Hext's breath.
The trooper said that Hext appeared very disoriented, and when he asked for her driver's license, she handed over a $10 bill.
Once she got out of the SUV, the trooper said that Hext had difficulty walking and was swaying.
Hext reportedly refused a breathalyzer test at the scene, and then physically resisted being handcuffed.
She was taken to the hospital for a blood sample, where she allegedly resisted and had to be restrained by five people; the trooper claimed that Hext was "physically and verbally combative" throughout the blood draw.
Hext has three felony DUI convictions; this incident would mark her seventh DUI.