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Crow Agency man charged with DUI after he’s found asleep at the wheel, hospitalized for intoxication

Posted at 4:26 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 18:26:02-04

LAUREL — A Crow Agency man with at least four prior convictions related to driving under the influence is facing a new DUI charge after he was found asleep at the wheel of a pickup truck in Laurel.

Larny Stewart, 37, was set to appear in Yellowstone County Justice Court Wednesday on one count of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Shortly after his arrest, Stewart’s blood was drawn. His blood alcohol content was .230, a level nearly three times the legal limit.

Stewart has prior DUI convictions in Big Horn and Yellowstone counties from 2001, 2010, 2014 and 2016.

Laurel police were called Tuesday night about an apparent drunken driver asleep at the wheel in the southbound lane of Yard Office Road.

The vehicle had its hazard light activated and the officer noted that the vehicle was running and in drive.

The officer noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the truck and saw an open vodka bottle.

The officer knocked on the window but could not immediately wake up the driver or his passenger.

Stewart was removed from his vehicle by the officer, who noted Stewart was so intoxicated he was barely staying conscious.

An ambulance was called to transport Stewart to the hospital for his severe intoxication.

At the hospital, Stewart told a nurse his pain was a 9.5 out of 10 and he was having chest pain.

Stewart is being held at the Yellowstone County jail.