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Burrafato charged with DUI in school zone with child in vehicle

Posted at 3:22 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:10:20-04

GREAT FALLS – Carrie Burrafato has been charged with one felony and three misdemeanors in Great Falls after she allegedly was speeding in a school zone while under the influence, and had a child in her vehicle.

Court documents state that police officers saw a pickup truck going about 45 miles per hour toward the intersection of 6th Avenue South and 10th Street on Wednesday, May 1st. The driver of the truck – later identified as Burrafato – failed to yield right of way to the police car at the intersection, and the officer had to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision.

Burrafato continued driving recklessly at more than 40 miles per hour in a school zone and through residential areas, according to court documents.

Officers were able to pull her over near 1700 Valeria Way; when she got out of her vehicle, according to the probable cause affidavit, Burrafato “could barely walk…was belligerent, using multiple profanities, and her speech was extremely slurred.”

The affidavit notes that the officer did not detect the smell of alcohol, but did find a bottle of medication that had been prescribed for Burrafato. The medication bottle notes that the pills may cause drowsiness and affect a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Officers opted not to conduct a field sobriety test “due to officer safety, given her propensity to resist and be combative.”

Burrafato refused to provide a blood sample.

The affidavit also alleges that at the Cascade County jail, Burrafato assaulted an inmate in the intake area.

Burrafato has been charged with criminal child endangerment (felony); driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (1st offense, misdemeanor); reckless driving (misdemeanor); and failure to yield right of way (misdemeanor).

NOTE: The charging documents identify her as CARRIE; the police affidavit identifies her as CARIE.