POLSON, Mont. - On Wednesday in a Lake County district courtroom, a Polson man pleaded guilty to his ninth DUI. Officers say Todd Burland was pulled out of Flathead Lake back on a day in November, after allegedly fleeing officers, driving through a park and into the water.
Authorities say a Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal officer ultimately caught Burland, and he was later placed into a rescue boat. It has been less than five years since his last felony conviction, so he faces up to 100 years in prison. His sentencing is set for April 3.
NBC Montana sat down with Polson Police Chief Wade Nash on Wednesday. He did not discuss the Burland case, but he did explain how he hopes tighter DUI restrictions are put into law.
"We want to get it out that there that it is not accepted, and that we're going to fight it," said Nash. "With the cooperation with communities and law enforcement, we can make a difference."