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Man facing ninth DUI charge in Cascade County

DUI ninth charge
Posted at 2:52 PM, Apr 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-22 16:52:47-04

GREAT FALLS — GREAT FALLS - A man has been charged in Great Falls with driving under the influence.

Court documents state that on Thursday, a Montana Highway Patrol recorded a vehicle traveling at 97 mph north on I-15 between Cascade and Ulm.

The trooper initiated a traffic stop.

When Travis Lee Owens got out of the car, he reportedly exhibited "slow" and "clumsy" movements.

He also smelled of alcohol and was slurring his words, and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy.

Owens performed "poorly" on a field sobriety test, according to court documents.

He told the trooper that he was coming from Helena and admitted drinking beer and smoking marijuana.

Owens refused to provide a breath or blood sample; a blood sample was obtained after the trooper obtained a warrant; results of the sample are pending.

Court documents state that Owens has seven DUI convictions in Montana, and one in Georgia.

Owens, 57, has been charged with driving under the influence (felony; 9th offense) and the following misdemeanors: speeding, driving with suspended/revoked license, unlawful possession of open alcoholic container in vehicle on highway, and failure to wear a seatbelt.

According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Owens also has felony convictions in Hill County for failure to register as an offender; Cascade County for aggravated assault and forgery; and Powell County for escape.