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Belgrade man wearing a thong charged with felony DUI after arrest at fishing site

Scott D. Thompson of Belgrade
Posted at 12:15 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 14:16:37-04

BOZEMAN — Scott D. Thompson of Belgrade has been charged with felony DUI after witnesses reported seeing him naked - only wearing a straw hat - at a fishing access site.

Thompson, 61 years old, was arrested Tuesday after witnesses reported seeing a suspicious man on the trails at the Erwin Bridge Fishing Access Site. The man was reportedly wearing no clothes and only a straw hat.

According to charging documents, when a Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the site, the witness said Thompson had gotten into a pickup truck.

The deputy reported that Thompson was wearing a bandanna on his head, an unbuttoned shirt, and shorts. When questioned, Thompson reportedly said he had been wearing a thong but was not naked.

The deputy noted that Thompson’s speech was slurred and a strong odor of alcohol could be smelled coming from the vehicle.

Thompson was unable to complete a field sobriety test and refused to provide a preliminary breath test.

A check of Thompson’s criminal history showed six DUI convictions, with other crimes reported back until 1987.

Thompson’s license has been suspended and he will be put on an ankle monitor. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Thompson’s next court appearance is set for June 19.