Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - At approximately 1:52 a.m. on December 13, 2023, Montana Highway Patrol dispatch received a report of a rollover crash near mile marker 86 on US 93 South. A trooper responded to the scene and when he arrived no people involved in the crash appeared to be present. Fire and emergency personnel who had arrived earlier identified the driver as 64-year-old Dennis Giles and stated he had been transported to St. Patrick’s Hospital. 

From his physical observations of the scene, the trooper concluded that the vehicle had veered out of its lane onto the right shoulder, and the driver had overcorrected to the left, then corrected to the right, causing the vehicle to spin and strike the concrete barrier. The vehicle overturned onto its top and came to rest in the passing lane. The trooper is aware from his training and experience that overcorrections of this manner are a common effect of alcohol-impaired driving. 

The trooper went to the hospital to speak to Giles. Giles was evasive when asked questions about the crash, and the trooper noted an odor of an alcoholic beverage. The trooper spoke with the registered owner of the vehicle, who stated that he had given Giles the vehicle to go to work that morning. 

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The trooper read Giles the implied consent advisory and Giles refused to answer. The trooper applied for and obtained a search warrant for a blood draw, which was performed. Toxicology results are pending as of the time of filing.  

According to court documents, Giles’ driver’s license has been suspended since September 2012, he has four prior DUI convictions, and ten prior convictions for driving while his license was suspended or revoked. 

Giles was placed under arrest and transported to the Missoula County Detention Facility. He is currently being charged with felony aggravated DUI, careless driving, and driving with a suspended license. 

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable. 

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