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Max sentence given for 9th DUI

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A St. Ignatius man was committed to the Montana Department of Corrections for five years with no time suspended on what Lake County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher says is his ninth DUI. 

Judge James Manley handed down the sentence to Douglas Cecil Dumont, 60, at District Court in Polson on March 4. Five years is the maximum sentence available for the charge.

According to court records, on July 7, 2019, a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper initiated a traffic stop on Light Road because the “tires exceeded the fenders” on the truck. The trooper also noted the brake lights were not functioning and the windshield was cracked.

Dumont had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and refused a breath test. Dumont’s criminal history shows eight prior convictions for DUI.

In addition to five years with the DOC, Dumont was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay his public defender fee of $800.

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