State Senator Barkus’ Record Kinda Speaks for Itself

by jhwygirl

…and Skylar Browning has it on The Indy’s blog. The Indy dug a little and found that Barkus’ 2004 conviction for wreckless driving was a reduced charge from DUI.

Who knows what else they’re going to find….

I find myself wonder whether Barkus is cooperating with the investigation? Why did the Flathead Co. Sheriff’s Dept. have to subpoena his BAC? Why’d they have to obtain a search warrant for the boat?

Iverson requested Rep. Denny Rehberg’s BAC and had that information out there within 24 hours. No subpoena required.

Sounds to me like Barkus is being uncooperative.

Look – Let’s be upfront: I’m not the first one that’d be celebrating if Barkus felt compelled to resign. There’s a long line for that way in front of me. He wasn’t a favorite of mine last session, and I have trouble convincing myself that anyone else could be worse.

So this aspect of the story is going to be real interesting for me.


  1. JC

    Here’s some more info on Barkus’ “Previous Incident”:

    Barkus pleaded guilty to a 2004 reckless driving charge. Court documents show he was fined $300, with a $35 surcharge and ordered to complete the Assessment, Course and Treatment program. ACT is required for those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

    Although Barkus was convicted of reckless driving, he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The arrest took place on June 3, 2004, when Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Kent stopped Barkus’ Chevrolet Corvette – license plate “DREAMIT” – going 84 mph on Highway 93 along the west shore of Flathead Lake.

    Lake County Attorney Mitch Young, was chief deputy county attorney and handled the case. He said Tuesday that Barkus refused a breath test for alcohol and complained that Kent was keeping him from reaching his elderly mother, who he said was in poor health.

    “I remember that he was mad about being stopped as he was rushing to his mother’s bedside,” Young said. “And I remember that he refused” to be tested for his blood-alcohol content. Barkus was cited for speeding in addition to DUI, but Young said his case on the alcohol charge wasn’t very strong.

    Barkus was represented by Glazier, and Glazier and Young eventually reached an agreement, with Barkus pleading guilty to reckless driving, paying a fine and attending the ACT program in exchange for dismissal of the other two charges.

    “This is what happens sometimes in borderline DUI cases,” Young said. “You want to make sure they do the class in hopes that they address the underlying issues of drinking and driving.” Glazier did not return phone calls Tuesday.

  2. I’ve heard two conflicting reports on this – one says that he was the least injured in the bunch, the other says he’s in the ICU. What’s the deal?

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