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McIntyre pleads guilty to felony DUI

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POLSON – A St. Ignatius man pleaded guilty in District Court at Polson Dec. 15 to what Lake County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher says is his eighth DUI. Raymond Burton McIntyre, 48, was charged with felony DUI stemming from a pursuit with law enforcement last summer.

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 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.

Eschenbacher says although this is McIntyre’s eighth lifetime DUI, it is his first felony, as the other DUI convictions occurred in another jurisdiction.

A plea agreement recommends McIntyre be committed to 13 months with the Montana Department of Corrections with a recommendation for the state’s alcohol treatment program to be followed by two years of supervised release.

Judge James Manley set sentencing for February 2.

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