A Helena man was arrested twice for DUI in less than 24 hours — the second time driving a stolen 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air, according to police.

Chief Troy McGee said Clancy Jon Williams, 30, was arrested at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning after he reportedly drove onto the boulevard near the IHOP restaurant on Washington Street and then drove away.

He was charged with DUI along with other violations, and later released.

Wednesday morning about 1:40 a.m., police responded to Al Rose Garage and Wrecker Service on Chestnut Street following a report that someone was stealing the Bel Air, which the garage had been working on.

Police found the Bel Air — with Williams driving it — on North Last Chance Gulch near 15th Street, and arrested him again, according to a police affidavit.

He was charged with his fourth DUI, a felony, along with felony theft, driving with a suspended license and a second offense of driving with no insurance.

Rose told police the Bel Air was worth about $3,000. It had formerly belonged to the grandparents of the current owner.

According to the affidavit, Williams told police he thought the car was abandoned, and that he planned on driving to Mexico.

He remains in Lewis and Clark County jail with bail at $25,000.

The Bel Air was not damaged in the incident.

Reporter Sanjay Talwani: 447-4086, sanjay.talwani@helenair.com or Twitter.com/IR_SanjayT

(5) comments

GreenGirl02

Ohhh I see! His logic is flawless. If a car appears to be 'abandoned', you can go ahead and take it- for your escape to Mexico! Genius! Sad, sad, sad.

FlamingLiberal1

I want a free car too.

Really4545

Of course you want a free car. You're a Flaming Liberal.

FlamingLiberal1

And you probably think I should work my butt off to give the wealthy an extra car. Because trickle-down economics is class warware, on the poor.

GreenGirl02

Nice one, Flaming! Sock it to 'em

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