On September 23, 2022, at approximately 10:52 p.m., a Missoula Police Department officer was patrolling the area of Broadway and Toole Avenue when she observed a brown Toyota Tundra driving westbound on Broadway without its headlights or taillights illuminated.  

The officer turned her vehicle around and the Tundra quickly turned on its headlights. As the Tundra continued driving, it had difficulty maintaining its lane of travel. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold explains. 

“The officer got behind the vehicle and ran the vehicle’s license plate, which returned expired,” Arnold said. “The officer initiated a traffic stop for the traffic violation. During the initial contact with the driver, the officer could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person.” 

The officer also noted the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and glossy. The driver was eventually identified as 56-year-old Alan Beckman. 

“The officer observed other indicators of impairment,” Arnold said. “The officer went through the standardized field sobriety tests and based on the driving behavior, contact, and observations during the stop, Beckman was arrested and transported to the Missoula County Detention Center.” 

According to court documents, Beckman admitted to having a few drinks. Beckman was placed under arrest and read the Implied Consent Advisory. He declined a blood sample, but agreed to provide a breath sample. Beckman provided a breath sample on the Intoxilizer, which reported a BAC of 0.296. That is over three times the legal limit.

Beckman has three prior DUI convictions. As a result, he is currently being charged with felony DUI, which is a fourth or subsequent offense. According to the Missoula County jail roster, Beckman was released at 5:32 p.m. on September 26, 2022.

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

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