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Butte police reports

Aggravated DUI with infant in car

Police say a 33-year-old Butte woman was arrested for an aggravated DUI Monday night after she allegedly drove a vehicle drunk with her 11-month-old infant in the car.

Officers responded to the 1800 block of Florence Avenue around 11:15 p.m. after the father of the child reported that the woman, Bethany Lynn Lex, 33,  had allegedly driven away with the infant and seemed to be intoxicated, police said.

Officers patrolled Florence, where they spotted Lex in her vehicle and pulled her over for making an improper turn. Police said they administered a field sobriety test, which Lex allegedly failed. Lex was then taken to the Butte detention center, where she blew more than twice the legal limit.

Lex remained in the Butte detention center as of Tuesday morning, where she now faces a felony aggravated DUI and a felony charge of child endangerment, in addition to a misdemeanor for making an improper turn.

Assault at Butte jail

Police say a male inmate staying at the Butte detention center was transported to St. James Healthcare Monday afternoon for suspected rib fractures after being assaulted by another male inmate, police said.

Police said the assault occurred around 3:30 p.m. in a “day room” — a common area that inmates in a cell block share — when the aggressor kicked the victim in the ribs.

The victim was transported to St. James Healthcare, where he was held for overnight observation

Police said they are in the process of investigating video surveillance footage and that charges related to the incident are pending.

Aggravated burglary

Police responded to the 1500 block of Warren Avenue early Tuesday morning after a woman in the area said she had returned home to find a male burglar in her house.

The woman told officers that she shouted at the man to leave the residence, at which time he struck her in the face, police said. The man left the residence after being bitten by one of the woman’s dogs, according to her account.

Police said they currently are investigating the case and don’t have a suspect at this time.

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