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BILLINGS — A Montana man faces a felony charge of driving under the influence after authorities say a state trooper clocked him driving 134 mph in a 50 mph zone.

The Billings Gazette reports that Shaun Kachina Bell, 32, of Billings made an initial appearance in Justice Court on Monday on the DUI charge, along with felony criminal endangerment and misdemeanor counts of speeding and driving without a license or proof of insurance.

His bail was set at $15,000.

Prosecutors say Mr. Bell was driving a Dodge Magnum late Sunday on Highway 312 outside Billings. Trooper Kyle Hayter followed him into the city limits and pulled him over. The trooper said there was a man passed out in the passenger seat.

Court records say Mr. Bell has three previous DUI convictions.


Trailer hauling toilet paper catches fire on highway

PERRYSBURG — A tractor-trailer hauling 10 tons of toilet paper caught fire on a highway in northwest Ohio, temporarily blocking southbound traffic as rescuers responded to the scene, the State Highway Patrol said.

The Tuesday night fire began when the trailer air lines dislodged and ignited as the vehicle was traveling on Interstate 75, south of Toledo. The blaze then spread around the trailer and its cargo.

The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports hundreds of rolls of toilet paper spilled into the roadway. Much of the rest of the load was ruined by fire or doused by firefighters.

No one was hurt.

The highway was reopened after the fire was extinguished and the vehicle was towed.


State returns basketball washed away by tsunami

ANCHORAGE — A basketball washed away in last year’s tsunami was reunited with students at a middle school in Japan.

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