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Augare pleads guilty, sentenced in U.S. Federal Court

Published On: Nov 11 2013 04:16:25 PM MST
Updated On: Nov 11 2013 04:16:40 PM MST
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -

The following is a press release from the United States Attorney - District of Montana's Office:

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on November 7, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, Shannon James Augare, a 34-year-old resident of Browning, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on charges of obstructing a peace officer, driving under the influence of alcohol, and reckless driving.

Augare was fined $1,250 and charged a $30 special assessment fee.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan G. Weldon stated that the government would have proved at trial the following:

On May 26, 2013, Augare drank at the Pioneer Bar with his family.  After spending hours in the bar, Augare drove home toward Browning.  The Glacier County Sheriff’s Office received reports of an intoxicated driver, and Augare was ultimately pulled over.  When stopped, a Glacier County Deputy asked Augare, “Do you know why I stopped you?”  Augare responded, “I am Shannon Augare.  Why did you stop me?”  Augare then stated, “Well, you have no jurisdiction.  So, I am going to go.”  The Glacier County Deputy directed Augare to turn off his vehicle, but Augare sped off into the night.  

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Glacier County Sheriff’s Office.