Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - At around 1:30 a.m. on January 31, 2024, a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper was traveling on Highway 200 and observed a vehicle driving towards him over the posted speed limit. The trooper activated his radar and confirmed the vehicle was traveling 63 MPH in a posted 55 MPH zone.  

The trooper initiated a traffic stop and pulled the driver over who was later identified as 41-year-old Roy Combs. The trooper observed Combs to have a dazed expression, bloodshot eyes, and smelled strongly of alcohol. The trooper asked Combs for his license, registration, and proof of insurance. According to court documents, Combs was only able to produce his license and no insurance.  

Combs said he did not consume any alcohol and the odor was probably from what he had spilled in his vehicle. The trooper observed an opened Black Velvet alcohol bottle under the driver’s seat and two beer cans behind the passenger seat.  

The trooper determined he would conduct the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Combs indicated six out of six clues of impairment on the HGN test and refused to do both the Walk and Turn Test and the One Leg Stand Test. The trooper read the PAST advisory and Combs refused to provide a breath sample. 

The trooper applied for and was granted a warrant for Combs’ blood. Combs was transported to St. Patrick’s Hospital for the blood draw where two vials were collected. Then Combs was transported to the Missoula County Detention Facility.  

Combs is currently being charged with felony DUI, speeding, and failure to carry insurance. Combs’ criminal history and driving record shows that he has three prior convictions for DUI. On February 1, 2024, Combs made his initial appearance in Missoula Justice Court and his bond was set at $10,000. 

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

10 Years of Data: Montana's Alcohol Consumption

Montanans are known for drinking alcohol but what does the data say? These results come from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System questionnaire and include 10 years of responses.

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health. BRFSS Prevalence & Trends Data [online]. 2015.

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