James Joseph Sangrey appeared in court on Tuesday, charged with several felonies and misdemeanors after a Friday night crash in Great Falls.
The crash happened just after 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of 3rd Street NW and Central Avenue West when the pickup truck driven by 34-year-old Sangrey rear-ended another car.
The victim's car sustained rear-end damage; the driver pulled into the First Interstate Bank parking lot to notify police of the crash.
The victim was taken to Benefis Health System for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
The GFPD report states that Sangrey was driving with no headlights on, driving in the wrong lane, drove up on the sidewalk, hit a light pole, and possibly a Central Avenue West sign. Sangrey’s vehicle sustained significant front-end damage and was towed.
According to charging documents, Sangrey told police at the scene that he had "too much to drink," and officers saw an empty beer can in the back of the truck, and an empty beer bottle in the front seat.
When Sangrey got out of the truck, police say that the smelled of alcohol and was stumbling to the point that he nearly fell down.
Sangrey was taken to the Cascade County Detention Center, where a breathalyzer test revealed a blood-alcohol content of .265, which is more than three times the legal limit for driving.
When officers searched Sangrey, they found a small baggie containing meth. Sangrey told officers that he doesn't do meth.
Sangrey has been charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs, driving under the influence, aggravated DUI, two counts of careless driving, failure to give notice of crash by quickest means possible, and failure to have headlights illuminated.
Court documents state that Sangrey has two felony convictions and was recently released from custody of the Montana Department of Corrections.