Montana coroner running for judgeship charged with DUI

The Butte-Silver Bow County coroner, who is running for justice of the peace, was arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence.

The Montana Standard reports Lee LaBreche was pulled over by a Montana Highway Patrol trooper for speeding in Butte at about 4 a.m. Sunday. He was cited for DUI, speeding and having an open container. The charges are misdemeanors.

LaBreche has been the county's part-time coroner for 22 years. He also is the golf coach at Montana Tech and the facilities manager for Butte Central's Maroon Activities Center.

He was released on $815 bond on Sunday. He declined to comment Tuesday.

LaBreche is running for justice of the peace against Ben Pezdark, who outpolled LaBreche 4,589 to 2,905 in the non-partisan primary. Both advanced to the general election.

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