- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A man who ran out of court after being sentenced to 30 days in jail for a traffic violation saw his sentence doubled.

The Billings Gazette reports (bit.ly/2f24ENI) soon after 39-year-old Lawrence Michael Demarais was sentenced Friday for a February traffic ticket he ran out of the courtroom.

A security guard tackled him and escorted him back into court. Demarais said he was just trying to call his wife. Justice of the Peace David Carter added another 30-day jail sentence for contempt of court.

Demarais also faces a felony criminal endangerment charge and two misdemeanor charges for fleeing from a Sept. 1 traffic stop. Carter increased his bail on the criminal endangerment charge from $7,500 to $50,000 and said Demarais can argue for a lower bond when he is arraigned in District Court.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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