Posted: May 29, 2013 4:39 PM by MTN News - Great Falls
A Montana state senator may face charges after reportedly fleeing a traffic stop.
Deputies responded to a complaint of an erratic driver on US Highway 2 on Monday, May 26 just before noon, according to the Glacier County Sheriff's Office. When deputies made contact with the vehicle about nine miles west of Cut Bank, the driver was identified as Montana State Senator Shannon Augare (D-Browning).
The deputy observed several indications that Augare may have been driving while impaired and smelled an "overwhelming" odor of alcohol, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
Augare reportedly told the deputy that he had no jurisdiction and said he was going to leave.
The deputy tried to take Augare's car keys and advised him not to leave, but Augare reportedly began to drive away while the deputy was reaching into the vehicle.
Deputies, knowing that Augare is a Blackfeet Tribal Member, notified Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services as jurisdiction lies with that agency. Deputies did not pursue Augare out of concern for public safety.
Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services were able to make contact with Augare a short time later.
It is not yet known if Augare will face charges in connection with the incident.