Written by Al Stover
Adam Joseph Meyer appeared in Montana 15th Judicial Court Oct. 16.
Meyer pleaded not guilty to the felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol (fourth offense) and to misdemeanor charges of displaying license plates assigned to another vehicle, failure to provide proof of compliance of insurance and fleeing or eluding a peace officer.
According to court documents, the Roosevelt County 911 Center received a phone call from a woman who reported a possible drunk driver in a white Ford Bronco in the Wolf Point area. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Clay McGeshick responded to the area and found the vehicle and observed it swerving all over the road.
McGeshick activated his lights and siren, but the vehicle did not stop and continued toward Rodeo Road.
The Bronco nearly hit the ditch several times. It finally stopped when it arrived at VR 2 Drive. The deputy told the driver, identified as Meyer, to get out of the vehicle. Meyer exited the car and stumbled following directions. McGeshick ordered the driver to the ground and placed him in handcuffs.
McGeshick noticed the smell of alcohol coming from Meyer. He asked the defendant why he did not stop and Meyer said he did not want to pay for towing and wanted to drive the vehicle to his father’s house. When the deputy asked the defendant how much he had to drink, Meyer said he had a six pack of beer.
McGeshick asked Meyer if he would perform the standard field sobriety tests. Meyer was hesitant at first, but he complied.
McGeshick placed Meyer under arrest for driving under the influence. Meyer was transported to the Roosevelt County Detention Center by Officer Heather Daniels of the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice. After Meyer refused to provide a breath sample, McGeshick applied for a telephonic search warrant to obtain a sample.
Meyer was transported to the Northeast Montana Health Services by Officer Drew Acheson of the Fort peck Department of Law and Justice. A blood sample was taken, sealed and sent to the Montana Crime Lab.
Judge David Cybulski advised Meyer of his rights and the charges filed against him, prior to the defendant’s plea.
The defense made a motion for release on own recognizance. Attorney Mark Epperson explained that Meyer has lived in Wolf Point for 15 years and currently works for Mr. Wire Electric, which shows that Meyer has ties to the community. The prosecution objected given the nature of the charges and the defendant’s history; however, Cybulski reduced the bond to $5,000.
Meyer’s trial is scheduled for Dec. 12.