A Billings police officer has beenÂ charged with drunken driving
and speeding in Helena.
Officer Samantha Lynn Puckett, 24, has been placed on paid
administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation as a
result of the charges, BPD Sgt. Kevin Iffland said Wednesday.
Puckett has been a Billings policeÂ officer for about 15
According to Helena City Court records, Puckett was stopped by a
police officer inÂ downtown HelenaÂ on Dec. 10 at 1:56 a.m.Â
The officer citedÂ Puckett for driving 45 mph in a 30 mph
The officer also issued Puckett a citationÂ for DUI Per Se, which
alleges she was operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol
levelÂ above the state legal limit of 0.08 percent.
According to the citation,Â aÂ preliminary breath test showed
Puckett had a blood-alcohol level of 0.111 percent.
A second breath testÂ showed her blood-alcohol level was 0.101
The citation did notÂ indicate how much time elapsed between the
Puckett pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor offensesÂ the same
day she received the citations. A trial is set forÂ Jan. 12.
IfflandÂ said Puckett was in Helena to attend the Montana Law
Enforcement AcademyÂ graduation ceremony Friday morning.
Puckett was driving a 2008 Chevrolet SUV, according to the