Keith Aaron Coats (Booking photo from Yellowstone County Detention Center)
Keith Aaron Coats (Booking photo from Yellowstone County Detention Center)
Keith Aaron Coats (Booking photo from Yellowstone County Detention Center)

(MTN News-BILLINGS) Keith Aaron Coats, accused of driving drunk in Billings with his three young children in the vehicle, was charged Wednesday in Yellowstone County Justice Court.

Coats, 35 years old, is facing three counts of felony criminal child endangerment.

According to charging documents, Coats was arrested Tuesday after Billings police received a report shortly at 1 p.m. that an intoxicated man had dropped off his daughter at a pediatric clinic on Poly Drive.

Clinic staff told officers that Coats was scheduled to return to pick up his 5-year-old daughter at 1:45 p.m.

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Officers waited at the clinic and saw Coats driving west on Poly Drive and turn into the clinic parking lot.

Coats parked the vehicle, got out, and “immediately collapsed to the ground and again fell down when he attempted to stand,” according to court documents.

Coats was arrested after officers found numerous signs of intoxication, including an open alcohol container in the vehicle.

Coats’ other two children, ages 3 and 6, were also in the vehicle.

A breathalyzer test showed Coats had a blood-alcohol level of 0.256 percent, more than three times the legal limit of .08 for driving.

Coats allegedly told officers after his arrest that he had consumed eight to 10 tall Hard Mike’s lemonades.

Prosecutors said Coats has two DUI convictions.

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