Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On October 15, 2022, at approximately 6:05 p.m., a Montana Highway Patrol trooper received a report from 911 dispatch that a silver Hyundai was seen swerving all over the roadway. The 911 complainant stated the vehicle had just pulled into the Town Pump at the Wye.  

The trooper located the vehicle there and followed it onto Highway 93. While the trooper was following the vehicle, it failed to signal multiple times and was unable to stay in its lane of travel. As a result, the trooper decided to initiate a traffic stop near mile marker 96 on Interstate 90.  

The trooper made contact with the driver who was later identified as 51-year-old James Jorgensen. According to the trooper, Jorgensen smelled strongly of alcohol and exhibited watery eyes and slurred speech. 

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Court documents indicate Jorgensen admitted to drinking four “tall boy” beers before driving. The trooper began a DUI investigation and decided to conduct standardized field sobriety tests.  

Jorgensen performed poorly on the field sobriety tests, scoring 6 out of 6 on the HGN Test, 8 out of 8 on the Walk-and-Turn Test, and 4 out of 4 on the One-Leg-Stand Test. He agreed to provide a breath test, which indicated an alcohol concentration of over three times the legal limit. He provided a PBT sample of .273 BAC. The trooper also determined that Jorgensen’s driver’s license is suspended. 

The trooper took Jorgensen into custody and transported him to the Missoula County Detention Center. Jorgensen is currently being charged with felony DUI and driving with a suspended license. Jorgensen has three prior DUI convictions. 

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable.

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