Prosecutor: Boat pilot was drinking the night of crash that injured Rehberg and four others


The latest from the Associated Press:

The Flathead County attorney says state Sen. Greg Barkus was drinking the night of the boat crash that severely injured U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg and three other passengers.

Authorities are awaiting results of blood tests from the state crime lab, and delivery of Barkus’ medical records before determining whether to file charges. County Attorney Ed Corrigan has said he is weighing felony charges.

A critical piece of information will be whether or not Barkus’ blood alcohol level was above the legal limit of 0.08 for a vehicle operator.

Corrigan says he hopes to get that information in the next week or so.

Driving records show that Barkus was pulled over for drunk driving a few years ago, an arrest that resulted in a conviction of reckless driving.