BILLINGS, Montana — Bail was set at $15,000 for a man who was arrested for driving under the influence and then reportedly threatened to kill the children of the arresting officer and jailers.
The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/LXNWfi ) 46-year-old Martin Howard Ranstead appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court this week on a felony DUI charge. District Judge Pedro Hernandez set bail and scheduled a Feb. 21 arraignment.
Charging documents say a Montana Highway Patrol trooper responded Monday evening to a report that a car slid off the road and hit a fence south of Billings.
The trooper said the driver smelled of alcohol and appeared drunk. While being taken to jail, the trooper said Ranstead told him he was going to rape and kill the trooper's children.
Prosecutors say Ranstead directed similar threats at the jailers.
Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com