“It’s just another reason for police to pull you over and check for something illegal in your car. This is what we consider our freedom and this is our right: If you’re not drunk, you shouldn’t be pulled over.”
Sen. Jim Shockley, R-Victor, in 2005, opposing the state’s ban on open containers. [...]
Here’s an updated story that the Missoulian has been reporting:
By Gwen Florio of the Missoulian and Charles S. Johnson of the Missoulian State Bureau
State Sen. Jim Shockley of Victor – who heads the panel hearing bills to crack down on drunken driving – was cited by Missoula police Friday for an open container after an off-duty sheriff’s deputy saw him drinking a beer on Interstate 90.
“He pulled off on the Orange Street exit and city officers were able to locate the vehicle and pulled him over,” Missoula Police Detective Sgt. Bob Bouchee said Wednesday.
Shockley – a 2012 Republican candidate for attorney general, the state’s chief law enforcement and legal officer – said he was drinking a beer and tomato juice concoction when he was stopped.
“It’s certainly embarrassing,” Shockley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an interview. “I’m just sorry it happened. It was exceedingly poor judgment, and it won’t happen again.”
An investigation performed after Shockley was stopped at 7:42 p.m. at Orange and South Second Street West determined that he was not driving under the influence, Bouchee said. He was released and cited for the open container violation. Shockley paid a $51 surcharge Tuesday in Missoula Municipal Court.
Asked how the citation would affect his 2012 candidacy, Shockley said, “It’s certainly not a plus. I certainly don’t think anyone expected the candidates for attorney general to be perfect.”
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