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St. Ignatius man charged with 8th DUI

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A St. Ignatius man is facing what prosecutors say would be his eighth DUI if convicted.

Raymond Burton McIntyre, 48, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson Sept. 29 to felony DUI, fourth or subsequent offense.

According to court records, on Aug. 7, as law enforcement officers were patrolling U.S. Highway 93 they observed a motorcycle pass them driving in the opposite direction with no taillights. The officers began to pursue the motorcycle in an effort to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop. The motorcycle turned onto Hawkins Road and traveled west bound before sliding into a ditch. The rider, later identified as McIntyre, denied having consumed alcohol. He refused a preliminary breath test. Officers obtained a search warrant for a blood draw at St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson. The blood draw showed McIntyre’s blood alcohol content at .218.

Judge James Manley set this case for trial Feb. 28.

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