May 26, 2010 9:19 PM by Marnee Banks (Helena)

PSC candidate Brad Johnson charged with DUI

Brad Johnson, candidate for the Montana Public Service Commission and the former Montana Secretary of State, has been cited for driving under the influence.

A Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy stopped Johnson on Thursday night and issued two tickets.

The first citation was for purposely and knowingly operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Johnson recorded a blood-alcohol content of .24, which is three times the legal limit.

The second ticket was for failure to drive to the right side of the road.

Johnson admits to having a few drinks with friends in Bozeman that night, but contends that it was not a night of heavy drinking.

Johnson said in an interview with KRTV, "I am convinced I was not in violation of Montana DUI statutes...but, having said that, the thing I really want to stress is I've learned an important lesson, which is, it's absolutely stupid to have even a sip of alcohol and get behind the wheel."

Johnson tells us he was alone in the vehicle when he was stopped. He has not yet entered a plea on the charges.

FIRST ON KRTV.COM: (4:10 p.m.) Brad Johnson, Republican candidate for the MT Public Service Commission and former Montana Secretary of State, has been charged with driving under the influence.

The incident occurred on Thursday, May 20th, as Johnson was driving home to Helena from Bozeman after a social gathering.

Reports indicate that Johnson's blood alcohol content at the time was .24, or three times the legal limit.

The News Station's Heath Heggem spoke with Johnson this afternoon; tune in to KRTV and KXLH at 5:30 for additional information.

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