Dylan Paul Pinet

Dylan Paul Pinet, 46, appears via video in Gallatin County Justice Court in this Chronicle file photo.

Bail was set at $75,000 Monday for a Bozeman man accused of punching a police officer in the face several times after he was stopped for riding a motorized scooter while drunk.

Dylan Paul Pinet, 46, is charged with felony assault on a peace officer. He appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court before Judge Bryan Adams.

On Saturday around 4 p.m., two Bozeman officers responded to a report of a drunk man on a motorized scooter headed to Starbucks on Main Street, according to charging documents. The two officers saw Pinet violate traffic offenses as he turned into Starbucks and parked.

Police said in charging documents that Pinet was on probation for a previous felony.

After a sobriety test, the officers told Pinet he was under arrest for drunk driving. Police said Pinet then turned away from officers and tried walking back to his scooter.

A struggle ensued before officers were able to gain control of Pinet. Police said Pinet then fell on his back and punched one of the officers in the face four or five times. The officers punched Pinet back and tased him twice.

Pinet was taken to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital where he was treated for abrasions, a swollen left eye, a dislocated jaw, and bleeding from the mouth and nose.

One of the officers had a swollen right cheek, swelling to his right hand, a large scratch to his scalp and a contusion on his forehead from the fight, police said.

Pinet was taken to the Gallatin County jail after he was cleared from the hospital.

In court Monday, prosecutor Jordan Salo said Pinet is on probation for a September 2018 conviction of criminal endangerment. Salo said charging documents in that case stated that Pinet “went on a fight with police at that time as well.”

“So here we are again, about a year later, and we have another instance of the defendant assaulting a peace officer,” she said.

Salo said she would be adding a DUI charge because Pinet has an issue with alcohol.

Before deciding Pinet’s bail, Judge Adams said he was concerned with the proximity and similarity of the 2018 conviction and this alleged incident. He said Pinet has little regard for following his probation conditions.

“The noose is going to be tightening on you as non-compliance happens,” Adams told Pinet.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com 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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