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Billings man charged for speeding through police barricades during Trump event

Posted at 6:20 PM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:51:43-04

BILLINGS- A Billings man is accused of running through police roadblocks at Metra Park during last Thursday’s presidential visit.

Kelly LaFontaine, 42, was booked into the Yellowstone County jail Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence and obstructing a peace officer.

According to court documents filed Monday, two Montana Highway Patrol officers were stationed at MetraPark to secure the parking lot during the event.

LaFontaine reportedly sped his vehicle around the troopers and continued north onto Bench Boulevard into an upper lot of the Metra.

After trying to flag LaFontaine down to stop, one trooper was forced to pursue him with lights and sirens deployed.

LaFontaine initially gave troopers an incorrect name but eventually identified himself, according to court documents. He was then given a field sobriety test and reportedly told troopers, “I am impaired,” according to court documents.

LaFontaine has six prior DUI convictions from 1999, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2009 and 2017, prosecutors said.