Andrew Allen Ewalt

Andrew Allen Ewalt, 19, appears via video Monday in Gallatin County Justice Court.

A Bozeman man arraigned Monday for drunk driving is facing new charges accusing him of using a car to knock over several mailboxes on Cobb Hill Road.

Andrew Allen Ewalt, 19, was charged with six counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief. Ewalt also faces charges accusing him of drunk driving, having an open container in his car and driving a stolen car, among others.

Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Bryan Adams set Ewalt’s bail at $500 Tuesday. Ewalt entered not guilty pleas to the misdemeanor criminal mischief charges. He will enter a plea to the other charges, including felonies, in Gallatin County District Court at a later date.

On Ewalt’s citations issued Monday around 3 p.m., an officer wrote that Ewalt damaged or destroyed mailboxes at several addresses on Cobb Hill Road.

According to court documents for his drunk driving charges, Ewalt drove his car off Monforton School Road and hit a ditch sometime shortly after midnight Monday.

Police said in charging documents that Ewalt smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred and his eyes were blood shot. Ewalt told a Montana Highway Patrol trooper that he had four to five beers. A test later showed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.208.

Police said Ewalt admitted the car was stolen.

Ewalt was taken to the Gallatin County jail after he was seen at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital.

On Tuesday, prosecutor Jaydan Johnson said he thinks the damaged mailboxes “were probably the same transaction” as the drunk driving case.

Freddy Monares can be reached at or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.


Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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