Blackwell facing several charges for allegedly driving drunk in Great Falls
By: MTN News
Edward Scott Blackwell (Cascade County jail booking photo)
Court documents allege that Blackwell questioned why it was taking so long when "all we had to do was write 'He was drunk.'"
GREAT FALLS -
Edward Scott Blackwell is facing several charges after allegedly driving drunk in Great Falls.
On Thursday, March 16th, at about 11:05 p.m., a police officer was dispatched to the area of Northwest Bypass and Vaughn Road for a report of a drunk driver.
The person who reported the incident followed the Ford pickup truck into Great Falls from Vaughn, and told dispatchers that the truck was "all over the road" and "driving into oncoming traffic." The caller also said the vehicle drove into ditches while headed into town.
When police made contact with the driver - later identified as Blackwell - they noted that his eyes were glazed over and his speech was slurred.
A police affidavit says that when he was asked for his vehicle registration, Blackwell handed the officer the vehicle owner manual.
The officer saw beer cans on the floor of the truck, and also noticed front-end damage to the vehicle.
The affidavit says that Blackwell said "I know I should not have drove," and "I'm drunk."
Blackwell refused to perform a breath test or provide a blood sample.
A search warrant was obtained for a blood sample while Blackwell was at the police station. During this time, court documents allege that Blackwell questioned why it was taking so long when "all we had to do was write 'He was drunk.'"
Blackwell is charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol (4th or subsequent offense); felony aggravated DUI; misdemeanor careless driving; and misdemeanor failure to carry proof of insurance.