Sen. Augare charged with DUI, obstruction


HELENA, Mont., - Federal prosecutors have charged state Sen. Shannon Augare with drunken driving, obstructing a peace officer and reckless driving after the Browning Democrat allegedly fled a traffic stop last month. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Weldon filed the charging documents Friday in U.S. District Court in Great Falls. The charges are misdemeanors and if convicted, Augare would face penalties of between nine and 15 months in prison and up to $1,800 in fines. Augare, who also is a Blackfeet tribal council member, was pulled over on the reservation May 26. He allegedly told a Glacier County Sheriff's deputy he had no jurisdiction to make an arrest and left when the deputy attempted to take his keys. Augare did not immediately return a call for comment.