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Sep 3, 2013 11:30 AM by Ken Spencer - KBZK News

UPDATE: Driver who fled scene of crash charged with 5th DUI

UPDATE: An earlier story reported that Mendez had been charged with a 6th DUI, but upon further investigation by law enforcement and court officials the number has been clarified.

A man who fled the scene of an crash Friday night has been charged with his 6th DUI.
According to court documents, Ramon Octavio Hernandez Mendez, 55, was driving a mini-van that rear-ended a pickup near the intersection of Oak and Rouse in Bozeman.
The driver of the pickup told law enforcement that he had been stopped on Rouse, waiting for a train to pass, when he saw Mendez's vehicle approaching him from behind at a high rate of speed.
Evidence at the scene of the crash show that Mendez never used his brakes prior to crashing.
When police arrived they found the driver of the pickup bleeding from the head and medical personnel said they saw a man walking northbound on Rouse who may have been the driver of the mini-van.
Police apprehended the Mendez who reportedly waived his rights and told the officer that he had consumed approximately three beers. He later stated: "I am drunk," and "I made a mistake tonight".
Court documents show that Mendez's breath test result was .249 BAC. He is currently being held at Gallatin County Detention Center without bond.
The driver of the pickup was treated at the scene for a laceration to the forehead and reported his neck was sore as a result of the crash.


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