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Not guilty pleas in DUI cases


February 7, 2019

In 20th District Judicial Court on Tuesday, John Harp entered not guilty pleas to three counts: driving under the influence of alcohol, fourth or subsequent offense, a felony; misdemeanor driving while license suspended or revoked and misdemeanor operating without an interlock device. Harp was arrested Jan. 5 after Sanders County Sheriff's Office and Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) responded to a vehicle versus building crash at Town Pump in Plains. Judge Deborah "Kim" Christopher set a trial date of May 20 for Harp.

Also Tuesday, Kip Courville entered not guilty pleas to felony driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a misdemeanor charge of parking on a road when practical to park off the road, and misdemeanor unlawful possession of open alcoholic beverage contaner in motor vehicle on a highway. On Dec. 22, 2018, MHP and Tribal Police responded to a call of a vehicle parked in the middle of West Street in Dixon and that the driver was passed out. Courville allegedly had a blood alcohol content level of .144 after a breath test and MHP noticed partial bottles of whiskey in the vehicle. Courville's trial date is May 20.

Jennifer Flemmer received a six-month suspended sentence from Judge Christopher on Tuesday for criminal possession of drug paraphenalia. Judge Christopher also recommended treatment for Flemmer in sentencing her for the misdemeanor charge.


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