Still no word from state Sen. Greg Barkus or his attorney regarding the Kalispell Republican's version of last Thursday's boat crash. Barkus reportedly was driving the speed boat when it crashed along the rocks near Wayfarers State Park on Flathead Lake, injuring Rep. Denny Rehberg, Barkus, Barkus' wife and two Rehberg staffers.
This morning's daily reports included information about Barkus' state driving record, which the Indy has received a copy of. In addition to two speeding tickets since 2000, Barkus' record also included a charge for reckless driving in 2004.
We've since learned, through a report with Lake County Justice Court obtained by Indy staff reporter Jessica Mayrer, that Barkus was originally charged with DUI. He was operating a 2000 white Corvette with vanity plates reading "DREAM IT." Barkus was stopped going 84 mph in a 65-mph zone and found to be under the influence.
He subsequently pleaded not guilty and was convicted of reckless driving, a misdemeanor.
According to the AP, Flathead County Sheriff Mike Meehan said he would get a subpoena to determine Barkus' blood alcohol content at the time of the accident.