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Bozeman man charged with DUI after allegedly crashing stolen vehicle

Ewalt's blood alcohol level allegedly .208
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Posted at 4:07 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 18:07:05-04

BOZEMAN — A Bozeman man is facing multiple charges after allegedly crashing a truck reported as stolen into a ditch while intoxicated early Monday morning.

Andrew Allen Ewalt, 19, was arrested around 12:30 a.m. on Monday. A Montana Highway Patrol trooper said in court documents that Ewalt was traveling north on Monforton School Road in a white Chevy truck when he went off the left side of the road and crashed in a ditch.

Ewalt allegedly had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and smelled of alcohol. According to court documents, a breath test showed his blood alcohol level to be .208, more than twice the legal limit.

The reporting trooper said Ewalt admitted the truck was stolen; dispatch confirmed it had been reported as stolen. Dispatch also reportedly confirmed that Ewalt's license was suspended and that he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant in Gallatin County.

Court documents state officers found a case of beer, an open beer can, and an open, nearly empty vodka bottle in the truck. The reporting trooper also noted Ewalt's seatbelt appeared to be unused while he was driving.

Ewalt appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court Monday morning. His bail was set at $500 for driving under the influence - 1st offense. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the stolen vehicle and more charges are expected for Ewalt. His next court appearance is set for Oct. 16.

Additional reporting by Cody Boyer, MTN News