An 18-year-old Helena man was arrested shortly before 1 a.m. Friday for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs with a child in the vehicle.
Michael Wegner was driving a silver Buick on Montana Avenue. When his traffic light at Custer Avenue turned green, a Helena police officer observed Wegner hesitate, turn west on Custer Avenue without signaling and accelerate at a high rate of speed, according to the officer's report.
The officer clocked Wegner driving 54 mph in a 40 mph zone and conducted a traffic stop.
The officer reported Wegner had "bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils" and was "grinding his teeth."
Wegner claimed ownership of two glass pipes the officer saw in the vehicle. Wegner told the officer he had smoked marijuana earlier and "believed it was 'laced,'" the affidavit reads.
Wegner exhibited "several clues of impairment" during a standard field sobriety test. A breath test showed Wegner had no alcohol in his system, but a "Drug Recognition Experts" evaluation showed signs of drug impairment.
Dispatch confirmed Wegner had no prior DUI offenses on his record.
Wegner had a 13-year-old passenger with him at the time of his arrest. In the affidavit, the officer noted "The defendant created substantial risk of death or serious injury by operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a dangerous drug with a child in the vehicle."
Wegner was arrested and booked into Lewis and Clark County Detention Center. He has been charged with one felony count of child endangerment and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
All charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.