Sweet is charged with a 10th DUI (MDOC)

BILLINGS – A Billings man may earn his 10th drunken-driving conviction after a sheriff’s deputy found him passed out behind the wheel with an open beer bottle in his hand on Saturday.

William Sweet, 57, made his initial appearance in Yellowstone County Justice Court Tuesday on one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Dispatch received a report of a potentially drunken driver in the area of Old Hardin Road around 1 a.m. Saturday.

The deputy found a Pontiac idling in the parking lot of Diesel Extreme.

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A man, later identified as Sweet, was found passed out at the wheel with an open beer bottle in his hand.

The vehicle was still in drive but not moving due to the snow and ice, according to court documents.

The deputy butted the front end of his patrol vehicle up to the Pontiac and turned on his headlights, but Sweet did not wake up.

The deputy knocked on the window but it had no effect, so he opened the door and gave Sweet a sternum rub.

Sweet smelled of alcohol and his eyes were red and watery, according to court documents.

The deputy noted that Sweet’s speech was slurred and unintelligible.

Sweet provided a breathalyzer sample, which yielded a blood alcohol content of .182 percent, which is more than twice the legal driving limit.

Sweet was taken to the jail and booked.

Deputies learned Sweet has prior DUI or related convictions from 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2009.

Sweet is being held at the Yellowstone County jail without bond.

Reporting by Aja Goare for MTN News