On December 30, 2021, at approximately 5:55 p.m., a Montana Highway Patrol trooper received a report of a vehicle swerving all over the road while driving southbound on Highway 93N. A Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Deputy quickly located the vehicle parked at Town Pump and pointed it out to the MHP trooper. The trooper observed a female carrying a case of beer as she walk up to the driver’s-side door of the vehicle.
The trooper made contact with the female, identified as 43-year-old Gail Pablo, and informed her that a complainant had reported her unsafe driving behavior. Pablo admitted she drove south on Highway 93 from Evaro. She explained that she did not have her glasses and could not see as she drove. Pablo also admitted that she drank “quite a few” after the trooper smelled the odor of alcohol coming from her person. Court documents indicate Pablo also exhibited slow speech and watery eyes.
The trooper then observed two children seated inside the vehicle. Pablo explained that she drove the children down from Evaro to see family. She admitted, “I’m drunk, and I’m sorry.” She provided a breath sample showing a BAC of .278.
The trooper placed Pablo under arrest and transported