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Man faces felony DUI charge after bartender takes keys

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Christopher Healy Christopher Healy

BOZEMAN - Christopher Robert Healy of Bozeman appeared in Justice Court Wednesday on a felony charge for his fourth DUI.

Officers arrested Healy, 49, on Sunday after responding to a call that he was allegedly in the parking lot of the Hideaway Lounge in Bozeman, passed out in a van.

When officers arrived on scene, witnesses directed them to the van, which appeared unoccupied at the time. Dispatch confirmed Healy as the registered owner.

Witnesses claim Healy arrived at the bar already intoxicated. A bartender reported serving him one shot of whiskey and then a second drink, which the bartender took away due to Healy being aggressive with other customers.

Upon entering his van, witnesses allege Healy was driving carelessly, speeding backward in the parking lot, and didn’t appear to have control of the vehicle. According to the bartender, Healy stopped the van around the corner of the bar and passed out. The bartender took his keys out of the car to prevent him from driving further.

An officer later found Healy back in his van and claims he had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and difficulty maintaining balance. Officers also reported that Healy was uncooperative and steadily shouting profanities at them.

He refused all field sobriety tests, as well as a voluntary breath test. After a review of Healy’s criminal record revealed three prior DUI convictions--two in Montana and one in Florida--one of the officers obtained a warrant to draw a blood sample from Healy.

Healy was cited and arrested after the blood draw and transported to Gallatin County Detention Center.

His bail was set at $5,000.

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