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Bozeman man accused of punching police officer while being arrested for DUI on electric scooter

Pinet's bail was set at $75,000
Posted: 2:35 PM, Aug 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-26 16:37:10-04
Dylan Paul Pinet of Bozeman (Gallatin County jail booking photo)

BOZEMAN — Dylan Paul Pinet of Bozeman faces charges after allegedly punching a Bozeman police officer while being arrested for driving an electric scooter under the influence.

Police arrested 46-year-old Pinet on Saturday. According to court documents, dispatch reported a possible drunk driver on a motorized scooter headed toward the 1100 block of West Main Street at around 4 p.m.

Two Bozeman police officers reportedly saw a man fitting the description near 15th and Babcock; the officers said the man committed several traffic offenses as he turned into the Starbucks on West Main and parked.

The reporting officer said in court documents that Pinet initially gave a false name when approached but was later identified and found to be on felony probation.

The two responding officers reportedly found sufficient probable cause to arrest Pinet for driving under the influence. Pinet allegedly turned and walked toward his scooter when the officers told him he was being arrested.

The officers grabbed Pinet, according to court documents, and "took him to the ground" when he attempted to pull away. Pinet then allegedly punched one of the officers several times in the face with a closed fist.

Court documents say the officers punched back and had to use a Taser to control and restrain him.

Pinet was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries and then to the Gallatin County Detention Center after being cleared from the hospital.

Pinet appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Monday. Prosecutors said he is currently on probation for a criminal endangerment charge. His bail was set at $75,000, and his next court appearance is set for September 13.