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From the courts: District Court

Man sentenced for DUI and possession of drugs and gun


March 20, 2018

A local man received seven years probation Monday in District Court in Havre for being found impaired and in illegal possession of a pistol and prescription medication.

Eric William Brewer of Havre, born in 1993, was sentenced to seven years with the Department of Corrections, all suspended, for the felony offense of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted person; three years with the DOC, all suspended, for the felony offense of criminal possession of dangerous drugs; and six months in the county jail for misdemeanor driving under the influence. first offense, all sentences for which he received credit for 29 days served.

Brewer’s sentence is part of a plea agreement that dismissed misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a revoked driver’s license.

A Havre Police officer investigated Nov. 20 after receiving a report from another officer who said Brewer was passed out in a vehicle that was blocking the entrance to an apartment complex.

The officer who responded found Brewer with his head laying back on the head rest of the driver’s seat. He didn’t know if Brewer had a medical condition or was under the influence.

When the officer knocked on the window to wake him, Brewer didn’t respond. So the officer opened the door and woke him. Brewer’s pupils were dilated and he was slurring his words. Brewer was told to get out of the car and when he did so, a pistol was found in the driver’s seat. The officer ran a check on Brewer and found out he was on probation for assault with a weapon and possession of dangerous drugs.

Officers also found a flashlight that contained eight Alprazolam pills. The charging document did not say whether Brewer had a prescription for the pills.

A background check revealed that Brewer had a driving under the influence conviction in Nebraska in 2017, and because of that, Brewer is not allowed to have a driver’s license in Montana.


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