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Melvin sentenced for felony DUI

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POLSON — A Polson man was committed at District Court in Polson on Dec. 15 to the Montana Department of Corrections for a total of 10 years with six years suspended for felony DUI convictions number four and five. Ron Phillip Melvin, 67, entered a plea of guilty to the charges during an earlier court appearance. The plea was entered as part of an agreement that dismissed a third DUI.

According to court records, Melvin was arrested for DUI on July 28, 2021. He was issued a citation and released from custody, but missed his court date and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Melvin was picked up on the warrant May 4, 2022, and allegedly was driving while intoxicated again. Again he was cited, booked and released then failed to make his court appearance and another warrant was issued for his arrest. On Aug. 27, Melvin was arrested for another DUI. This time Melvin was not released from jail and instead his bond was set at $10,000 for each of the three arrests.

Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher gave Melvin credit for having already served 108 days in jail and recommended he be screened for the state’s residential alcohol treatment program.

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